Definitions

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  • n. The act of heaping or piling up.
  • n. 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.
  • n. A representation of things beyond natural life, in expression, beauty, power, vigor.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of heaping or piling up.
  • n. 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.
  • n. A representation of things beyond natural life, in expression, beauty, power, vigor.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A heaping together; accumulation; a pile or heap.
  • n. An undue or excessive enlargement or development.
  • n. Amplification; unreasonable or extravagant overstating or overdrawing in the representation of things; hyperbolical representation.
  • n. In the fine arts, a representation of things in which their natural features are emphasized or magnified.
  • n. In zoology, amplification or intensification; emphasis or conspicuousness, as of any characteristics: as, this form is but an exaggeration of the other.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. making to seem more important than it really is
  • n. the act of making something more noticeable than usual
  • n. extravagant exaggeration

Etymologies

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From Latin exaggeratio

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