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[ig-zaj-uh-rey-tiv, -er-uh-tiv] /ɪgˈzædʒ əˌreɪ tɪv, -ər ə tɪv/
tending to exaggerate; involving or characterized by exaggeration.
Also, exaggeratory
[ig-zaj-er-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ɪgˈzædʒ ər əˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/ (Show IPA)
Origin of exaggerative
First recorded in 1790-1800; exaggerate + -ive
Related forms
exaggeratively, adverb
nonexaggerative, adjective
nonexaggeratory, adjective
unexaggerative, adjective
unexaggeratory, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The choir repeated like an exaggerative echo: ‘On-wed, Chris-ting, sol-jaws!’

    Two on a Tower Thomas Hardy
  • It would be exaggerative, indeed irreverent, to say that he ever positively appeared again.

  • I am afraid it is impossible to explain this monster amid the exaggerative sects and the eccentric clubs of my country.

    The Ball and The Cross G.K. Chesterton
  • We may say with no exaggerative irony that the unconscious patrons of slavery were Huxley and Cobden.

    What I Saw in America G. K. Chesterton
  • They were evidently not only expansive but exaggerative; and perhaps it was not only in battle that they drew the long bow.

    A Short History of England

    G. K. Chesterton
  • More than this it would be exaggerative to say, and a mere anticipation of the really decisive events afterwards.

    A Short History of England

    G. K. Chesterton
  • He may have been morose, fanatical, exaggerative; but his bitter words suggest at least this dilemma.

    Plays and Puritans Charles Kingsley
  • Was it more than a figure of speech, an exaggerative personification under great emotion of what most people would call chance?

    Sinister Street, vol. 2 Compton Mackenzie
  • To Syme's exaggerative mind the bright, bleak houses and terraces by the Thames looked as empty as the mountains of the moon.

    The Man Who Was Thursday G. K. Chesterton
  • Doubtless it will seem so, yet the statement is not exaggerative by any means, but is made in my serious and sincere conviction.

    The Uncommercial Traveller Charles Dickens

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