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Munchausen

/ ˈmynçhauzən /

noun

  1. an exaggerated story
  2. a person who tells such a story


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Word History and Origins

Origin of Munchausen1

C19: after Baron Münchhausen, subject of a series of exaggerated adventure tales written in English by R. E. Raspe (1737–94)
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Example Sentences

People who intentionally hurt children for attention can be accused of Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy.

I confess it has the air of one of Baron Munchausen's yarns, and I am somewhat doubtful about it.

M. de Munchausen is one of those Ministers of State who bears the most Sway.

Down went Captain Munchausen singing inverted psalms, with a whole nest of rockets exploding in his brain.

Captain Munchausen made no reply, my boy, but motioned for his men to bear him from the field.

Or was the editor of the Mercure the original Baron Munchausen?

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