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Pronunciation:  ig`zaju'reyshun

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the act of making something more noticeable than usual; "the dance involved a deliberate exaggeration of his awkwardness"
  2. [n]  making to seem more important than it really is
  3. [n]  extravagant exaggeration

EXAGGERATION is a 12 letter word that starts with E.


 Synonyms: hyperbole, magnification, overstatement
 Antonyms: understatement
 See Also: deceit, deception, figure, figure of speech, image, increase, misrepresentation, step-up, trope



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Ex*ag`ger*a"tion\, n. [L. exaggeratio : cf. F.
1. The act of heaping or piling up. [Obs.] ``Exaggeration of
   sand.'' --Sir M. Hale.

2. The act of exaggerating; the act of doing or representing
   in an excessive manner; a going beyond the bounds of truth
   reason, or justice; a hyperbolical representation;
   hyperbole; overstatement.

         No need of an exaggeration of what they saw. --I.

3. (Paint.) A representation of things beyond natural life,
   in expression, beauty, power, vigor.

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