a statement or description that makes something seem larger, better, worse or more important than it really is; the act of making a statement like this a slight/gross/wild exaggeration It would be an exaggeration to say I knew her well—I only met her twice. It's no exaggeration to say that most students have never read a complete Shakespeare play. He told his story simply and without exaggeration.Extra examples It would be a bit of an exaggeration to say that I’m desperate to leave. John is not usually given to exaggeration. Their results, even allowing for exaggeration, are impressive. There was a degree of exaggeration in his description of events. There were, without exaggeration, hundreds of applications for the job. That’s a slight exaggeration!