exaggerate

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v exaggerate to enlarge beyond bounds or the truth "tended to romanticize and exaggerate this `gracious Old South' imagery"
    • v exaggerate do something to an excessive degree "He overdid it last night when he did 100 pushups"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Exaggerate To amplify; to magnify; to enlarge beyond bounds or the truth ; to delineate extravagantly ; to overstate the truth concerning. "A friend exaggerates a man's virtues."
    • Exaggerate To heap up; to accumulate. "Earth exaggerated upon them [oaks and firs]."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • exaggerate To heap up; accumulate.
    • exaggerate To increase immoderately or extravagantly; make incongruously large or extended; amplify beyond proper bounds.
    • exaggerate To cause to appear immoderately large or important; amplify in representation or apprehension; enlarge beyond truth or reason.
    • exaggerate In the fine arts, to heighten extravagantly or disproportionately in effect or design: as, to exaggerate particular features in a painting or statue. Synonyms To strain, stretch, overcolor, caricature. See list under aggravate.
    • exaggerate To amplify unduly in thought or in description; use exaggeration in speech or writing.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Exaggerate egz-aj′ėr-āt to magnify unduly: to represent too strongly: to intensify
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Quotations

  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
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    “There is no one who does not exaggerate!”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
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    “'Tis a rule of manners to avoid exaggeration.”
  • Kahlil Gibran
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    “An exaggeration is a truth that has lost its temper.”
  • Frederic-Cesar La Harpe
    Frederic-Cesar La Harpe
    “We always weaken everything we exaggerate.”
  • Chi Chi Rodriguez
    Chi Chi Rodriguez
    “I never exaggerate. I just remember big.”
  • George Bernard Shaw
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    “Love is a gross exaggeration of the difference between one person and everybody else.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. exaggeratus, , p. p. of exaggerare, to heap up; ex, out + aggerare, to heap up, fr. agger, heap, aggerere, to bring to; ad, to + gerere, to bear. See Jest.
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. exaggerāre, -ātumex, aggerāre, to heap up—agger, a heap.

Usage

In literature:

On this latter point too much insistence should not be laid, though to ignore it entirely would be as foolish as to exaggerate its importance.
"Hilaire Belloc" by C. Creighton Mandell
If you have time to let me read it to you, you will see that I have not exaggerated.
"Nobody's Girl" by Hector Malot
It is sometimes suggested that the want of truth and honesty in business affairs amongst Hindus has been exaggerated.
"India and the Indians" by Edward F. Elwin
With regard to the historian, he indulges largely in those childish exaggerations so characteristic of the writers of the time.
"The Quadroon" by Mayne Reid
This is no exaggerated picture of the present imposing power of slavery.
"Cotton is King and The Pro-Slavery Arguments" by Various
The muscles are tense and rigid, and the reflexes exaggerated.
"Manual of Surgery Volume Second: Extremities--Head--Neck. Sixth Edition." by Alexander Miles
They exaggerated the injuries which he had done them, and represented them in their worst light.
"Genghis Khan, Makers of History Series" by Jacob Abbott
Possibly they exaggerated a little the disgust which was implied by his absolute abandonment of the course.
"The Life of Sir James Fitzjames Stephen, Bart., K.C.S.I." by Sir Leslie Stephen
Although he was highly cultivated, Jim thought he had conservative prejudices and an exaggerated pride.
"Partners of the Out-Trail" by Harold Bindloss
That is why I find no exaggeration in Khalid's words.
"The Book of Khalid" by Ameen Rihani
That was an exaggeration, perhaps.
"The Destroyer" by Burton Egbert Stevenson
The hands are either exaggeratedly large or exaggeratedly small.
"Criminal Man" by Gina Lombroso-Ferrero
We call such scruples in these days exaggerated and fantastic.
"Bunyan" by James Anthony Froude
He never becomes so exaggerated in his forms as Bartolommeo.
"The Venetian School of Painting" by Evelyn March Phillipps
One can very easily exaggerate the extent of the subjection of women among uncivilised people.
"Religion & Sex" by Chapman Cohen
We always weaken whatever we exaggerate.
"Life and Literature" by J. Purver Richardson
Who was Mrs. Prichard that such an exaggerated consideration should be shown to her?
"When Ghost Meets Ghost" by William Frend De Morgan
Personally, Wedekind was never an extravagant, exaggerated man.
"Ivory Apes and Peacocks" by James Huneker
I cannot exaggerate the ill effects of your absence, nor to what extent your enemies are enabled to use the circumstance to your discredit.
"The Bramleighs Of Bishop's Folly" by Charles James Lever
Rumors had gone abroad, probably with exaggeration, of the proposed episcopal reforms.
"History of the Reign of Philip the Second, King of Spain." by William H. Prescott
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In poetry:

So it's important in our lives,
(Exaggerating more or less),
To be content with our wives,
And prize the virtues they possess;
And with dispraise to turn one's back
On all the qualities they lack.
"Three Wives" by Robert W Service
The Moral: All the girls on earth
Exaggerate their proper worth.
They think the very shoes they wear
Are worth the average millionaire;
Whereas few pairs in any town
Can be half-sold for half a crown!
"How Fair Cinderella Disposed Of Her Shoe" by Guy Wetmore Carryl
What I cannot remember is how I felt when you were unkind
All I know is, if you were unkind now I should not mind.
Ah me, the power to feel exaggerated, angry and sad
The years have taken from me. Softly I go now, pad pad.
"Pad, Pad" by Stevie Smith
LIB. Be not surprised at that exaggeration nor at that potency without
action! For you will understand all, after having heard the conclusion
of their argument. Now listen how the heart responds to the proposition
of the eyes.
"The Heroic Enthusiasts - Part The Second =Third Dialogue=." by Giordano Bruno

In news:

Reports of Vincent Gray's lame-duckitude are greatly exaggerated .
Australian Mining's Demise 'Greatly Exaggerated ,' Parkinson Says.
Rumors of muni bonds' peril are greatly exaggerated .
Measure V savings are exaggerated .
Reports of men's demise exaggerated .
Reports of Junk DNA's Demise Have Been Greatly Exaggerated .
Reports of Johnson's demise are greatly exaggerated .
Reports of Decline Exaggerated .
Reports of state's demise a bit exaggerated .
Senior citizens' financial woes are exaggerated .
Death of paper has been greatly exaggerated .
Voter ID's partisan impact may have been exaggerated .
"I had to exaggerate myself — my role as a mother became much more than it had ever been before," she said of the book's title.
Report says economic benefits of Birmingham's Northern Beltline exaggerated .
The Rumors of Another Egyptian Revolution Are Greatly Exaggerated .
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In science:

The above calculation exaggerates therefore the true deformation by about 15%.
A Solar System Test of Mach's Principle with Gravimetric Data
The finite speed of the light has been exaggerated.
Testing General Relativity with Atom Interferometry
Here, side-view of an infinitesimal thick disk or radius r has been shown with the adjacent streamlines (shown exaggeratedly away from the body).
Effects of non-denumerable fixed points in finite dynamical systems
Yet the importance of these spin–singlet states can not be exaggerated.
Summary of Experimental Meson Physics
This is far from an exaggeration but seems ridiculous when it is considered that GR itself was a completely new and alternative way of explaining gravity on its publication.
Some Comments on the Tests of General Relativity
It is hardly an exaggeration that most of what we know about such systems, from the acoustics of a violin to the energy levels of atoms, comes from their response to perturbations at these natural frequencies.
Electrodynamics of correlated electron systems
OA articles received 35% more citations on average, more exaggerated for highly-cited articles.
Studies on access: a review
Then this p-value strongly exaggerates the significance of the detection.
Testing the isotropy of high energy cosmic rays using spherical needlets
Hamze & de Freitas (2010) find that IMExpert experiences a rapid dropoff in ACF, but this dropoff is exaggerated by the inclusion of the burn-in phase.
Bayesian Optimization for Adaptive MCMC
To the extent that a large sample size permits us to see clearly these features of observable distributions, it may let us adapt the statistical analysis so that a poor choice of test statistic does not exaggerate the degree of sensitivity to unmeasured biases.
An exact adaptive test with superior design sensitivity in an observational study of treatments for ovarian cancer
Figure 1: Top view of protons stopping in a water tank, with transverse scale exaggerated.
Techniques of Proton Radiotherapy: Transport Theory
Top view of protons stopping in a water tank, with transverse scale exaggerated.
Techniques of Proton Radiotherapy: Transport Theory
The most useful property of the Rydberg states is the orbital radius ∝ n2 which is responsible for their enormous dipole moments, resulting in an exaggerated response to electric fields with a DC polarizability α ∝ n7 .
Non-linear optics using cold Rydberg atoms
Each “driving term” was deliberately exaggerated and its effect on the WEP-violating signal was measured; this signal was then scaled to the driving term observed in the actual WEP data.
Torsion-balance tests of the weak equivalence principle
Note that this transform will exaggerate the environmental variable difference between very closely related populations.
Robust identification of local adaptation from allele frequencies
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