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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n overstatement making to seem more important than it really is
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Overstatement An exaggerated statement or account.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n overstatement An exaggerated statement; an overcharged account or recital.
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In literature:

This, of course, would be an overstatement of the subtlety of Cowperwood at this time, and yet it would not be wholly out of bounds.
"The Financier" by Theodore Dreiser
Yet this might perhaps be regarded as something of an overstatement.
"The Analysis of Mind" by Bertrand Russell
But for the epigrammatic sting the sentiment would have been unnoticed as a harmless overstatement at the very worst.
"Medical Essays" by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
Now, that motto on the coin is an overstatement.
"Mark Twain's Speeches" by Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
He wished his answer to be not an overstatement, but the exact truth.
"The Portygee" by Joseph Crosby Lincoln
At last he got her round so far that she could tell her tale, which she did with a hysterical overstatement.
"Australia Felix" by Henry Handel Richardson
He startles by overstatement, by understatement, by paradox, by antithesis, and by synthesis.
"Birds and Poets" by John Burroughs
I have said any Tamtonian, but that is an overstatement.
"The Collected Works of Ambrose Bierce" by Ambrose Bierce
Johnson, on hearing this from Boswell, remarked that it must be an overstatement.
"Alexander Pope" by Leslie Stephen
Five minutes was rather an overstatement of the time.
"The Young Acrobat of the Great North American Circus" by Horatio Alger Jr.
Their most common fault is overstatement or patronizing.
"The Book of Business Etiquette" by Nella Henney
Manifestly it was a generous overstatement for Claude's professional friend to say that Claude had outgrown his service.
"Bonaventure" by George Washington Cable
Understatement is better than overstatement.
"Elementary Guide to Literary Criticism" by F. V. N. Painter
It has happened so many times that we know this is not an overstatement.
"Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 10" by Charles Herbert Sylvester
Such a charge would, of course, be a gross overstatement.
"Progress and History" by Various
In this also overstatement must be avoided.
"The Sexual Life of the Child" by Albert Moll
The exact proportion of ten copper to one of tin, Mr. Wilson has shewn to be an overstatement.
"The Ethnology of the British Islands" by Robert Gordon Latham
It may be objected that this denial of the existence of the process which Kant is trying to describe must at least be an overstatement.
"Kant's Theory of Knowledge" by Harold Arthur Prichard
The one relies upon understatement; the other upon overstatement.
"The Life of Bret Harte" by Henry Childs Merwin
This seems to me an overstatement of the case.
"Comfort Found in Good Old Books" by George Hamlin Fitch

In news:

" Well, "pet" is a bit of an overstatement.
During an evening rally in Montana's largest city Tuesday night, Hillary Clinton explained to the crowd why she should be the Democratic Party's nominee, but what ensued was a list of overstatements and exaggerations as she made her case.
Practise might be a bit of an overstatement.
Is 'End of Men' an overstatement .
An e-mail warning Douglas County school officials of expected massive foreclosure evictions next month that could affect their students turned out to be an overstatement .
There's a lot of overstatement in political rhetoric.
Here is an overstatement, but one I'll make anyway: women are used to pretending not to know what we want, or even worse, to not want anything.
Gingrich's overstatements about 1990s fiscal success (Fact Checker biography).
"He can really change the game for us," UO coach Dana Altman said, and he's not one prone to overstatement.
It's not an overstatement to say Shania Twain's ' Come on Over' album is the most successful country album ever.
It's not an overstatement to say Shania Twain's 'Come on Over' album is the most successful country album ever.
That may sound like an overstatement, but it isn't.
Okay, the title may have been a bit of an overstatement but I am looking for an engineer who would handle some monthly writing assignments at Broadcast Engineering magazine.
While those audits occasionally result in fuel economy adjustments for a vehicle, this is the first time any automaker has shown such a consistent overstatement in its mileage results, according to the EPA.
Well, OK, that's a bit of an overstatement.

In science:

It is at least an overstatement to claim, as in, that such numbers are enough to rule out the model on the basis of estimates of ΩM coming from other means than SN or CMB observations.
Comments on "A Supernova Brane Scan"
It’s not too much an overstatement to say, that the statistical analysis of VAR models, Kalman filter models etc. is nowadays complete.
A Random Matrix Approach to Dynamic Factors in macroeconomic data
Perhaps this is an overstatement because investigating singular behavior is still an art.
Characteristic Evolution and Matching
Similarly the term string theory is a misnomer and a ma jor overstatement, since there is no overall theoretical construct which describes in one formalism all the properties attributed to the many faces of string theory.
Searching for the Standard Model in the String Landscape : SUSY GUTs
Appealing as this may be, it is a bit of an overstatement.
QCD for Collider Physics
But as discussed in the introduction the quantum interest conjecture seems to say that one cannot interact with this negative energy as one can with positive energy – “catch” may be an overstatement.
Quantum interest for scalar fields in Minkowski spacetime