Exaggerate vs Caricature - What's the difference?

exaggerate | caricature |


As verbs the difference between exaggerate and caricature

is that exaggerate is to overstate, to describe more than is fact while caricature is to represent someone in an exaggerated or distorted manner.

As a noun caricature is

a pictorial representation of someone in which distinguishing features are exaggerated for comic effect.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?

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

    caricature

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • A pictorial representation of someone in which distinguishing features are exaggerated for comic effect.
  • * {{quote-news, year=2012
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  • A grotesque misrepresentation.
  • * Macaulay
  • A grotesque caricature of virtue.

    Descendants

    * Tagalog: (l)

    Verb

  • To represent someone in an exaggerated or distorted manner.
  • Derived terms

    * caricaturist