- unduly or unrealistically magnified: to have an exaggerated opinion of oneself.
- abnormally increased or enlarged.
Origin of exaggerated
- to magnify beyond the limits of truth; overstate; represent disproportionately: to exaggerate the difficulties of a situation.
- to increase or enlarge abnormally: Those shoes exaggerate the size of my feet.
- to employ exaggeration, as in speech or writing: a person who is always exaggerating.
Origin of exaggerate
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Examples from the Web for exaggerated
Inevitably, some of this may have been exaggerated in social media.Fierce Fighting in Grozny Raises Specter of ISIS Influence in Russia
December 4, 2014
The threat of this virus to the general public may have been exaggerated.Ebola Nurses Are As Brave As Soldiers
October 17, 2014
One volunteer gave an exaggerated eye roll when I asked about it.The Coronation That Wants to Be a Movement: Scenes From Hillary’s Iowa Steak Fry
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September 15, 2014
Usually they trade sniffles and exaggerated stories of late night derring-do; now they are exchanging enterovirus EV-68.Midwest's 'Mystery Virus' Is Scary but Not Deadly
September 8, 2014
Mary Katherine Gallagher is an exaggerated version of me how I felt when I was little.Molly Shannon on ‘Life After Beth,’ Turning 50, and ‘Never Been Kissed’
August 17, 2014
His great failing was that he exaggerated--no tale ever losing anything in his charge.Explorations in Australia
It was obviously unreasonable, the mere cry of exaggerated grief.The Secret Agent
He counted the number of their repulses and then exaggerated them.The Rock of Chickamauga
Joseph A. Altsheler
The agony that was his during the next few minutes can by no means be exaggerated.The Black Bag
Louis Joseph Vance
She felt all a woman's exaggerated horror of police, and law, and violence.The Hunted Outlaw
- unduly or excessively magnified; enlarged beyond truth or reasonableness
- pathol abnormally enlargedan exaggerated spleen
- to regard or represent as larger or greater, more important or more successful, etc, than is true
- (tr) to make greater, more noticeable, etc, than usualhis new clothes exaggerated his awkwardness
Word Origin and History for exaggerated
1530s, "to pile up, accumulate," from Latin exaggeratus, past participle of exaggerare "heighten, amplify, magnify," literally "to heap, pile, load, fill," from ex- "thoroughly" (see ex-) + aggerare "heap up," from agger (genitive aggeris) "heap," from aggerere "bring together, carry toward," from ad- "to, toward" + gerere "carry" (see gest). Sense of "overstate" first recorded in English 1560s. Related: Exaggerated; exaggerating.