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Synonyms

aggrandise

a British spelling of aggrandize

aggrandize

verb

formal to increase the power or importance of someone or something when this is not deserved or reasonable

exaggerate

verb

to describe something in a way that makes it seem better, worse, larger, more important etc than it really is

overstate

verb

formal to talk about something in a way that makes it seem more important, impressive, or serious than it really is.

play up

to try to persuade people to believe that something is more important than it is

glorify

verb

to make someone or something seem more impressive than they really are

idealize

verb

to believe or suggest that someone or something is perfect or better than they really are

dignify

verb

to make something or someone seem more important than they really are

overplay

verb

to treat something as being more important or more serious than it really is

magnify

verb

to make something appear more important, severe, or dangerous than it really is

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blow something up out of (all) proportion

to make a situation seem much worse than it really is

build up

to talk about someone or something in a very positive way so that people are impressed with them

dramatise

a British spelling of dramatize

dramatize

verb

to treat a situation as more serious or exciting than it really is

dress up

to make something seem more impressive than it really is

exaggerate

verb

literary to make something seem more extreme

exaggerated

adjective

describing something in a way that makes it seem better, worse, larger, more important etc than it really is

exaggeration

noun

a comment or description that makes something seem better, worse, larger, more important etc than it really is

exaggeration

noun

the act of making a comment or description of this type

glamorise

a British spelling of glamorize

glamorize

verb

to make someone or something seem more attractive or exciting than they really are

glorified

adjective

used for saying what something is really like when other people have described it as far more impressive

hyperbolic

adjective

hyperbolic language emphasizes what you are saying by describing it as far more extreme than it really is

idealise

a British spelling of idealize

inflate

verb

to make something seem more important than it really is

inflated

adjective

making something seem better or more important than it really is

lay it on thick

to try to persuade someone that something is better, bigger, more important etc than it really is

make a big thing (out) of something

to treat something as if it is more important than it really is

make a drama out of something

to treat a particular situation as if it is more serious or exciting than it really is

make a meal of something

to treat something as more important or serious than it really is

make a mountain out of a molehill

to treat a minor problem as if it were a very serious problem

overemphasis

noun

the tendency to treat something as being more important than it really is

overemphasise

a British spelling of overemphasize

overemphasize

verb

to treat something as more important than it really is

oversell

verb

to say that someone or something is better than they really are because you want to impress or persuade people

overstatement

noun

formal something that you say that makes things seem more important, impressive, or serious than they really are

overvalue

verb

to say or believe that something is more important than it really is

precious

adjective

behaving as if something is more important or serious than it really is

romance

verb

formal to talk about things in a way that makes them seem more exciting than they really are

romanticise

a British spelling of romanticize

romanticize

verb

to think or say that someone or something is more romantic, better, or more exciting than they really are

rose-coloured

adjective

considering or representing something as better than it really is

rose-tinted

adjective

rose-coloured

sensational

adjective

a sensational way of describing something makes it seem more exciting or shocking than it really is

sensationalise

a British spelling of sensationalize

sensationalize

verb

to write or talk about an event in a way that makes it seem as exciting and shocking as possible

spin

verb

informal to present information in a particular way, especially in a way that makes something seem good or less bad

talk up

to talk about someone or something in a way that makes them seem more important or better than they really are

tart up

to try to hide the fact that something is bad by showing or describing it in a positive way

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gaslight

to manipulate someone psychologically so that they begin to question their own perceptions and memories

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Dunning-Kruger effect

the phenomenon by which an incompetent person is too incompetent to understand his own incompetence

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