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v. ex·ag·ger·at·ed, ex·ag·ger·at·ing, ex·ag·ger·ates
To consider, represent, or cause to appear as larger, more important, or more extreme than is actually the case; overstate: exaggerated his own role in the episode; exaggerated the size of the enemy force; exaggerated how difficult the project would be.
To make overstatements.

[Latin exaggerāre, exaggerāt-, to heap up, magnify : ex-, intensive pref.; see ex- + aggerāre, to pile up (from agger, pile, from aggerere, to bring to : ad-, ad- + gerere, to bring).]

ex·ag′ger·at′ed·ly adv.
ex·ag′ger·a′tion n.
ex·ag′ger·a′tive, ex·ag′ger·a·to′ry (-ə-tôr′ē) adj.
ex·ag′ger·a′tor n.
Synonyms: exaggerate, inflate, magnify, overstate
These verbs mean to represent something as being larger or greater than it actually is: exaggerated the size of the fish I caught; inflated his own importance; magnifying her part in their success; overstated his income on the loan application.
Antonym: minimize


(ɪgˌzædʒ əˈreɪ ʃən)

1. the act of exaggerating or overstating.
2. an instance of exaggerating; an overstatement: His version of events is a gross exaggeration.


 of fishermen—Hare.



all one’s geese are swans A proverbial expression said of one who is prone to overexaggeration and overestimation. Geese are rather unattractive, common birds in comparison to the rarer, more elegant swans; thus, to turn one’s geese to swans is, figuratively speaking, to color reality considerably. Use of this phrase, which is infrequently heard today, dates from at least the early 17th century.

The besetting temptation which leads local historians to turn geese into swans. (Saturday Review, July, 1884)

draw the longbow To exaggerate or overstate, to lay it on thick; to stretch the truth, to tell tall tales. The longbow, a weapon drawn by hand, was of central importance in the exploits of Robin Hood and his band. The farther back one stretched the bowstring, the farther the arrow would fly. It is easy to see how this literal stretching of the longbow came to mean a figurative stretching of the truth. This expression, in use since at least the latter part of the 17th century, appears in Lord Byron’s Don Juan (1824):

At speaking truth perhaps they are less clever,
But draw the long bow better now than ever.

fish story A tall tale, an exaggeration; an absurd or unbelievable account of one’s exploits. This colloquialism, in use since at least the early 19th century, derives from the propensity of many, if not all, fishermen to exaggerate the size of their catch. An important element in many fish stories is the angler’s lament, “You should have seen the one that got away.”


hyped-up Overblown, overly touted, inordinately promoted or publicized; artificially induced; bogus, contrived. The term’s origin stems from the use of a hypodermic injection to stimulate physiological response. In a 1950 syndicated column Billy Rose said of a movie:

No fireworks, no fake suspense, no hyped-up glamour.

The term has now given rise to the truncated form hype, used disparagingly both as noun and verb.

lay it on See FLATTERY.

make a mountain out of a molehill To make a to-do over a minor matter, to make a great fuss over a trifle. Although this particular expression did not appear until the late 16th century, the idea had been expressed centuries earlier by the Greek writer Lucian in his Ode to a Fly; it subsequently became the French proverb faire d’une mouche un éléphant ‘make an elephant of a fly.’

[This is] like making mountains out of molehills. (James Tait, Mind in Matter, 1892)

megillah See ANECDOTE.

shoot the bull See TALKATIVENESS.

snow job See MENDACITY.

song and dance A misleading, false, or exaggerated story designed to evoke sympathy or to otherwise evade an issue; a rigmarole; a snow job. Though the derivation of this expression is unclear, it probably alludes to the “song and dance” acts that introduced or filled in between the main attractions in a vaudeville show.

Labor leader Preble … was not impressed by the song and dance about [Stefan’s] mother and sister being persecuted and murdered. (Time, September 5, 1949)

spin a yarn To tell a story, especially a long, involved, exaggerated account of one’s exploits and adventures, both real and imagined; to tell a tall tale. Originally, spin a yarn was a nautical term that meant ‘to weave hemp into rope.’ Since this was a tedious, time-consuming task, sailors often traded tall tales and adventure stories to help pass the time. Thus, these stories came to be known as yarns, and their telling as spinning a yarn, by association.

Come, spin us a good yarn, father. (Frederick Marry at, Jacob Faithful, 1835)

talk through one’s hat To talk nonsense, to lie or exaggerate, to make farfetched or unsupported statements.

But when Mr. Wallace says that … he is talking through his hat. (The Chicago Daily News, December, 1944)

Use of this expression, whose origin as yet defies explanation, dates from the late 19th century.

talk through the back of one’s neck To use extravagant, flowery language, often sacrificing accuracy; to make unrealistic, illogical, or extraordinary statements.

“Don’t talk through yer neck,” snarled the convict. “Talk out straight, curse you!” (E. W. Hor-nung, Amateur Cracksman, 1899)

Through the back of one’s neck is here opposed to straight, which connotes directness, straightforwardness, and truthfulness.

Anybody who gets up in this House and talks about universal peace knows he is talking through the back of his neck. (Pall Mall Gazette, 1923)

ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.exaggeration - extravagant exaggerationexaggeration - extravagant exaggeration    
figure of speech, trope, image, figure - language used in a figurative or nonliteral sense
2.exaggeration - the act of making something more noticeable than usual; "the dance involved a deliberate exaggeration of his awkwardness"
step-up, increase - the act of increasing something; "he gave me an increase in salary"
3.exaggeration - making to seem more important than it really is
deception, misrepresentation, deceit - a misleading falsehood


noun overstatement, inflation, emphasis, excess, enlargement, pretension, extravagance, hyperbole, magnification, amplification, embellishment, exaltation, pretentiousness, overemphasis, overestimation Like most of his stories, it smacks of exaggeration.
restraint, understatement, underplaying, meiosis, litotes
"An exaggeration is a truth that has lost its temper" [Kahlil Gibran Sand and Foam]


The act or an instance of exaggerating:
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[ɪgˈzædʒəreɪʃən] Nexageración f


[ɪgˌzædʒəˈreɪʃən] nexagération f
it would be an exaggeration to ... → il serait exagéré de ...


nÜbertreibung f; a bit of an exaggerationeine leichte Übertreibung, leicht übertrieben


[ɪgˌzædʒəˈreɪʃn] nesagerazione f


(igˈzӕdʒəreit) verb
1. to make (something) appear to be, or describe it as, greater etc than it really is. You seem to be exaggerating his faults; That dress exaggerates her thinness.
2. to go beyond the truth in describing something etc. You can't trust her. She always exaggerates.
exˌaggeˈration noun
1. the act of exaggerating.
2. an exaggerated description, term etc. To say she is beautiful is an exaggeration, but she does have nice eyes.


مُبالَغَة přehánění overdrivelse Übertreibung υπερβολή exageración liioittelu exagération pretjerivanje esagerazione 誇張 과장 overdrijving overdrivelse wyolbrzymienie exagero преувеличение överdrift การพูดเกินความจริง abartı sự phóng đại 夸张


n. exageración, alarde.
References in classic literature ?
It was almost in other voice, and with no trace of his previous exaggeration, that he said, "With pleasure.
On either side extended a ruinous wooden fence of open lattice-work, through which could be seen a grassy yard, and, especially in the angles of the building, an enormous fertility of burdocks, with leaves, it is hardly an exaggeration to say, two or three feet long.
Another common piece of exaggeration is that about the "scarcity" of the chamois.
He enjoyed the feeling which he was exciting, and paraded the town serene and happy all day; but the young fellows set a tailor to work that night, and when Tom started out on his parade next morning, he found the old deformed Negro bell ringer straddling along in his wake tricked out in a flamboyant curtain-calico exaggeration of his finery, and imitating his fancy Eastern graces as well as he could.
Tragic as that history seemed to her passionate and undisciplined mind, she told it truthfully and without exaggeration.
So very great is the improvement Time has brought about in such habits, that a moderate statement of the quantity of wine and punch which one man would swallow in the course of a night, without any detriment to his reputation as a perfect gentleman, would seem, in these days, a ridiculous exaggeration.
True, I had no Avenger in my service now, but I was looked after by an inflammatory old female, assisted by an animated rag-bag whom she called her niece, and to keep a room secret from them would be to invite curiosity and exaggeration.
Intellect is in itself a mode of exaggeration, and destroys the harmony of any face.
The general belief that immense fortunes were made by the lucky holders of Bell stock, is an exaggeration that has been kept alive by the promoters of wildcat companies.
Sancho kept spitting from time to time, and his spittle seemed somewhat ropy and dry, observing which the compassionate squire of the Grove said, "It seems to me that with all this talk of ours our tongues are sticking to the roofs of our mouths; but I have a pretty good loosener hanging from the saddle-bow of my horse," and getting up he came back the next minute with a large bota of wine and a pasty half a yard across; and this is no exaggeration, for it was made of a house rabbit so big that Sancho, as he handled it, took it to be made of a goat, not to say a kid, and looking at it he said, "And do you carry this with you, senor?
But in a confederacy the people, without exaggeration, may be said to be entirely the masters of their own fate.
And now in the mere exaggeration of the prevailing character of these features, and of the expression they were wont to convey, lay so much of change that I doubted to whom I spoke.