Reference > Roget’s > International Thesaurus > 549. Exaggeration.
Mawson, C.O.S., ed. (1870–1938). Roget’s International Thesaurus. 1922.
Class IV. Words Relating to the Intellectual Faculties
Division (II) Communication of Ideas
Section II. Modes of Communication
549. Exaggeration.
NOUN:EXAGGERATION; expansion [See Expansion]; hyperbole, stretch, strain, coloring; high coloring, caricature, caricatura [It.]; extravagance (nonsense) [See Absurdity]; Baron Munchausen; Munchausenism; men in buckram, yarn [colloq.], fringe, embroidery, traveler’s tale; fish story [colloq.], gooseberry [slang].
  storm -, tempest- in a teacup; much ado about nothing (overestimation) [See Overestimation]; puffery (boasting) [See Boasting]; rant (turgescence) [See Ornament].
  false coloring (falsehood) [See Falsehood]; aggravation [See Aggravation].
  FIGURE OF SPEECH, façon de parler [F.]; stretch of -fancy, - the imagination; flight of fancy (imagination) [See Imagination].
VERB:EXAGGERATE, magnify, pile up, aggravate; amplify (expand) [See Expansion]; optimize; overestimate [See Overestimation]; hyperbolize; overcharge, overstate, overdraw, overlay, overshoot the mark, overpraise; make much of, make the most of; strain, - a point; stretch, - a point; go great lengths; spin a long yarn [colloq.]; draw -, pull -, use -, shoot with- a (or the) longbow [colloq.]; deal in the marvelous.
  out-Herod Herod, run riot, talk at random.
  OVERCOLOR, heighten; color -highly, - too highly; broder [F.], embroider, be flowery; flourish; color (misrepresent) [See Falsehood]; puff (boast) [See Boasting].
  UNDERRATE, pessimize, underestimate [See Underestimation].
ADJECTIVE:EXAGGERATED &c. v.; overwrought; bombastic (magniloquent) [See Ornament]; hyperbolical, on stilts; fabulous, extravagant, preposterous, egregious, outré [F.], highflying.
  1. Excitabat enim fluctus in simpulo.—Cicero
  2. Exaggeration is to paint a snake and add legs.—Chinese proverb
  3. There is no one who does not exaggerate.—Emerson



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