Exaggerate vs Overstatement - What's the difference?

exaggerate | overstatement |


As a verb exaggerate

is to overstate, to describe more than is fact.

As a noun overstatement is

an exaggeration; a statement in excess of what is reasonable.

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

    overstatement

    English

    Noun

    (wikipedia overstatement) (en noun)
  • An exaggeration; a statement in excess of what is reasonable.
  • The story he gave was something of an overstatement of the facts.
  • The tendency to overstate.
  • She had a knack for overstatement .

    Synonyms

    * exaggeration * hyperbole

    See also

    * understatement