exaggeration

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n exaggeration the act of making something more noticeable than usual "the dance involved a deliberate exaggeration of his awkwardness"
    • n exaggeration making to seem more important than it really is
    • n exaggeration extravagant exaggeration
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Exaggeration (Paint) A representation of things beyond natural life, in expression, beauty, power, vigor.
    • Exaggeration 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."
    • Exaggeration The act of heaping or piling up. "Exaggeration of sand."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n exaggeration A heaping together; accumulation; a pile or heap.
    • n exaggeration An undue or excessive enlargement or development.
    • n exaggeration Amplification; unreasonable or extravagant overstating or overdrawing in the representation of things; hyperbolical representation.
    • n exaggeration In the fine arts, a representation of things in which their natural features are emphasized or magnified.
    • n exaggeration In zoology, amplification or intensification; emphasis or conspicuousness, as of any characteristics: as, this form is but an exaggeration of the other. Synonyms Exaggeration, Hyperbole. Strictly, exaggeration is always greater than truth or good taste would allow, while as a figure hyperbole is an overstatement not likely to mislead, and sanctioned by good taste, rising above the truth only as a means of lifting the sluggish mind of the hearer to the level of the truth. Hyperbole is occasionally used of overstatement that is mere exaggeration, or otherwise against good taste.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Exaggeration extravagant representation: a statement in excess of the truth
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Quotations

  • 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.”
  • Susan Sontag
    Susan%20Sontag
    “Camp is a vision of the world in terms of style -- but a particular kind of style. It is love of the exaggerated.”
  • Voltaire
    Voltaire
    “Exaggeration is the inseparable companion of greatness.”
  • Alfred Adler
    Alfred%20Adler
    “Exaggerated sensitiveness is an expression of the feeling of inferiority.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. exaggeratio, : cf. F. exagération,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. exaggerāre, -ātumex, aggerāre, to heap up—agger, a heap.

Usage

In literature:

It would be difficult to exaggerate the value to him of this addition to his weapons for attacking knowledge.
"Thomas Henry Huxley; A Sketch Of His Life And Work" by P. Chalmers Mitchell
Long suffixes abound, and the style becomes, in consequence, frequently high-sounding and exaggerated.
"Frédéric Mistral" by Charles Alfred Downer
Hyperbole is a natural exaggeration for the purpose of emphasis.
"Public Speaking" by Clarence Stratton
The rider was talking to both of them with exaggerated gestures of his arms.
"Romance" by Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
The rapidity and importance of these missions ought in no sense to give surprise, nor awaken exaggerated critical doubts.
"Life of St. Francis of Assisi" by Paul Sabatier
Their intellectual interest, their exaggerated admiration of fame!
"Woman Triumphant" by Vicente Blasco Ibañez
Raphael's refinement in Giulio's hands became exaggerated coarseness.
"A Text-Book of the History of Painting" by John C. Van Dyke
He exaggerates his likes, and he exaggerates his dislikes, and he exaggerates his indifference.
"The Last Harvest" by John Burroughs
This is by no means an exaggeration.
"Germany and the Germans" by Price Collier
Patellar, Achilles and arm reflexes markedly exaggerated and equal.
"Studies in Forensic Psychiatry" by Bernard Glueck
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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:

Modeled after full-size cars in a more or less accurate manner, they are often characterized by outlandish colors and exaggerated surfacing.
Popular brands exaggerate their effectiveness, nine lawsuits charge.
It would be an exaggeration to say that Patrick DeNucci's snoring endangered his marriage.
Reports the airport is closing are greatly exaggerated.
For example, two-spouted "Diva" suggests an exaggerated expression of emotion, while "Equatoriana" is flattened out and draped as if it had melted in the heat.
Kimberly Bell testified that she exaggerated when she told a grand jury that Bonds' testicles shrank by half late in their nine-year relationship.
Storm profiteers exaggerate Hurricane Sandy.
When it comes to exaggerated emotions, religion and movies were made for one another.
"That's a fish tale," for example, and "That smells fishy," suggest a highly exaggerated story or blatant lie or misdeed.
If you think that's an exaggeration, witness today's most high-profile major-label execs — eg, Warner Bros.' Lyor Cohen.
I exaggerate, but not much.
So it would appear the concerns of those of us who called for the dispatch of an international peacekeeping force were exaggerated.
From there, I try to do an over exaggerated snap.
To Farrar and many protesters, Wahoo 's exaggerated features and toothsome grin trivialize and mock their history.
IRVING, Texas – The demise of Jason Witten was greatly exaggerated.
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In science:

Otherwise the flattening will be exaggerated.
The physics of rotational flattening and the point core model
We would like to emphasize that the situation is not so simple and the importance of the involvement of QED is rather exaggerated.
Precision physics of simple atoms: QED tests, nuclear structure and fundamental constants
The first moments are graphed on the left in Fig.3, and it can be seen that the quantum evolution lies close to the classical for much longer with the smaller (effective) value of . A more exaggerated sign of this convergence can be seen in the graphs of the second moments on the right.
Semiquantum versus semiclassical mechanics for simple nonlinear systems
Another possibility is that the classification of CTTS based on Hα equivalent widths is somewhat more suspect for faint stars, as the lower average signal can exaggerate the prominence of their spectral lines.
The Variability and Rotation of Pre-main Sequence Stars in IC 348: Does Intracluster Environment Influence Stellar Rotation?
We can further test whether our models are exaggerating the scatter in time delays by comparing with Table 2 in Kochanek (2002).
Gravitational lensing model degeneracies: Is steepness all-important?
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