Exaggerate vs Bathos - What's the difference?

exaggerate | bathos |


As a verb exaggerate

is to overstate, to describe more than is fact.

As a noun bathos is

depth, bottom.

exaggerate

English

Verb

(exaggerat)
  • To overstate, to describe more than is fact.
  • I've told you a billion times not to exaggerate !
    He said he'd slept with hundreds of girls, but I know he's exaggerating . The real number is about ten.

    Synonyms

    * overexaggerate * overstate

    Antonyms

    * (overstate) downplay, understate

    Derived terms

    * exaggeratedly * exaggeratingly * exaggerative * exaggeratively * exaggerativeness * exaggerator * exaggeratory

    bathos

    English

    Noun

    (-)
  • Depth, bottom.
  • An abrupt change in style, usually from high to low; an unintended transition of style; an anticlimax.
  • Apparent hyperbole or praise marked by comic dilution or digression.
  • Triteness; triviality; banality.
  • Overly sentimental and exaggerated pathos.
  • I like you more than I can say; but I'll not sink into a bathos of sentiment: Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte - 1847.

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