- The act of heaping or piling up.
- 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.
- A representation of things beyond natural life, in expression, beauty, power, vigor.
From Latin exaggeratio
Variant of exaggerate
transitive verbexaggerated, exaggerating
- to think, speak, or write of as greater than is really so; magnify beyond the fact; overstate
- to increase or enlarge to an extreme or abnormal degree; overemphasize; intensify
Origin of exaggerate; from Classical Latin exaggeratus, past participle of exaggerare, to increase, exaggerate ; from ex-, out, up + aggerare, to heap up ; from agger, a heap ; from aggerere, to bring toward ; from ad-, to + gerere, to carry: see gesture
to give an exaggerated description or account