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Examples of overstatement?


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"Overstatement" basically means to exaggerate something, or say that something is greater than it actually is; give something too much credit. Understatement is the opposite; not giving enough credit.

Example of understatement: "He performed okay." when talking about someone who performed excellently, hence the usual response "That's an understatement!"

Example of overstatement: "He is an incredible artist." when talking about someone who is an average artist at best, hence the usual, yet rude response "That's an overstatement!"


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overstatement- making something seem more important than it really is. Synonyms: exaggeration, magnification. Antonym: understatement.

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hyperbole, overstatement

Hyperbole (hy-PER-bo-lee) is exaggeration or overstatement.

an example of an hyperbole is a deliberate exaggeration or overstatement!!

Treachery is the act of betrayal. Hyberbole is a gross overstatement, an over-reaction. So the two together would be an overstatement of a switching of sides say. 'I don't believe you ate at McDonald's! We always go to Burger King! This is treachery!'

Some synonyms for Hyperbole include: - Hype - Metaphor - Overstatement - Embellishment - Enlargement - Magnification

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yes, but calling them groceries is somewhat of an overstatement as one was most likely to get one item at a time.

Ash from Mount St. Helens eruption was detected in several states but "blanketed" would be an overstatement.

I classify that as an overstatement. It is true that a great many ionic compounds are highly soluble in water, but not all of them.

Love solves some things, but not all things. When the Beatles said "all you need is love" they were making a poetic overstatement.

Two examples of figures of speech would be overstatement (hyberbole) and understatement (litotes). I wish you hadn't eaten that last biscuit. I feel so hungry now I shall probably starve to death. When he caught his girlfriend making out with Joe in the pool-hall, it wasn't the best thing that had happened to him all week.

It would be an overstatement that a gland is responsible for sleep, however, the pineal gland does have some connection to sleep. It secretes a hormone called melatonin which contributes to sleepiness.

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There are some interesting examples of hyperbole on the following website. See Related Link below.A hyperbole is a figure of speech in which statements are exaggerated,and not meant to be taken litterally.ExamplesThese books weigh a ton.I'm so hungry, I could eat a horse.I'm so tired, I could sleep for a year.This Wednesday? But that's centuries away! I can't wait that long!I cried a rive of tears when he left me.Hyperbole is exaggeration or overstatement of facts. An example is the following:"I've told you a thousand times to stop exaggerating!!!""My mom is so fat, when she walks in front of the tv I miss 2 shows!!!"

Juliet says, "My bounty is as boundless as the sea." Which is an exaggeration or overstatement which makes it a hyperbole. This line is from act 2, scene 2, line 140.

If someone donates $10 to charity and someone makes a comment like "he/she is the most generous person in the world" Someone else in the world has obviously donated more than $10 to charity before.

1) the act of exaggerating or overstating. 2) an instance of exaggerating; an overstatement: His statement concerning the size of his income is a gross exaggeration. 3) the act of making something more noticeable than usual; "the dance involved a deliberate exaggeration of his awkwardness" 4) making to seem more important than it really is 5) The act of exaggerating; the act of doing or representing in an excessive manner; a going beyond the bounds of truth reason, or justice; a hyperbolical representation; hyperbole; overstatement.

perfect is an overstatement, he had people killed who were defectual either in mind or body, those who adhered to a beliefs opposed to him. These though only consisted of a few percent of the German population.

Yes, Mars has some water locked up in the polar ice caps and possible underground deposits. Though compared to earth Mars is rather dry. Abundance would be an overstatement though.

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