[ig-zaj-uh-rey-tiv, -er-uh-tiv]


tending to exaggerate; involving or characterized by exaggeration.

Also ex·ag·ger·a·to·ry [ig-zaj-er-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ɪgˈzædʒ ər əˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/.

Origin of exaggerative

First recorded in 1790–1800; exaggerate + -ive
Related formsex·ag·ger·a·tive·ly, adverbnon·ex·ag·ger·a·tive, adjectivenon·ex·ag·ger·a·to·ry, adjectiveun·ex·ag·ger·a·tive, adjectiveun·ex·ag·ger·a·to·ry, adjective
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Examples from the Web for exaggerative

Historical Examples of exaggerative

  • 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.