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1. exaggeration, magnification, overstatement, inflation, puffing up, hyperbole, stretch, strain, [high or false] coloring, caricature, extravagance. See distortion, figurative.
2. Baron Munchausen; fringe, embroidery, traveler's tale, yarn, tall story or tale, overestimation; overreaction, tempest in a teapot, much ado about nothing; puffery, boasting, rant; travesty, caricature; figure of speech, stretch of the imagination, bananas on bananas; flight of fancy. Informal, bloatware, overkill. Slang, California or Chicago bankroll.
3. exaggerator, puff artist. Slang, butter-and-egg man.
Verbs — exaggerate, magnify, pile up, amplify, build up, expand, overestimate, hyperbolize; gild or paint the lily; overstate, overdraw, overpraise, overshoot the mark, strain, stretch, strain or stretch a point, spin a long yarn, make a mountain out of a molehill; draw the longbow, run riot, glorify, heighten, overcolor, embellish, enhance, embroider, misrepresent, puff, boast, turn geese into swans; bite off more than one can chew. Informal, carry on, put on, lay it on [thick or with a trowel], make a federal case out of it.
Adjectives — exaggerated, overwrought; bombastic, florid, flowery, magniloquent, high-flown, hyperbolical, fabulous, extravagant, preposterous; egregious, outré; high-flying, tall, steep. Slang, maxed out.
Phrases — all mouth and trousers. Slang, all piss and wind.
Quotations — The report of my death was an exaggeration (Mark Twain), Excess on occasion is exhilarating. It prevents moderation from acquiring the deadening effect of habit (W Somerset Maugham), That was laid on with a trowel (Shakespeare), An exaggeration is a truth that has lost its temper (Kahlil Gibran).
Antonyms, see truth, modesty, detraction.
(Roget's IV) n.
Syn. overstatement, hyperbole, embellishment, embroidery, overestimation, misrepresentation, extravagance, sensationalism, elaboration, coloring, stretching the truth, overreaching, overkill, flight, flight of fancy, fantasy, stretch of the imagination, figure of speech, yarn, fabrication, falsification, distortion, magnification, enhancement, aggrandizement, puffery, caricature, travesty, tempest in a teapot*, much ado about nothing*, making a mountain out of a molehill*, tall story*, whopper*, play-up*, hype*, bull*; see also lie 1 .
Ant. truth*, accuracy, understatement.
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) n.
amplification, overstatement, hype, hyperbole, embellishment, coloring, embroidery, *a stretch, magnification, tall tale, *fish story, *tempest in a teapot. ''A branch of lying.''—Baltasar Gracian.
(Roget's Thesaurus II) noun The act or an instance of exaggerating: hyperbole, hyperbolism, overstatement, tall talk. See INCREASE.

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