[n] the act of making something more noticeable than usual; "the dance involved a deliberate exaggeration of his awkwardness"
[n] making to seem more important than it really is
[n] extravagant exaggeration
\Ex*ag`ger*a"tion\, n. [L. exaggeratio : cf. F. exag['e]ration.]
1. The act of heaping or piling up. [Obs.] ``Exaggeration of sand.'' --Sir M. Hale.
2. 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. No need of an exaggeration of what they saw. --I. Taylor.
3. (Paint.) A representation of things beyond natural life, in expression, beauty, power, vigor.