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overstatement

noun [C or U] uk   /ˌəʊ.vəˈsteɪt.mənt/ /ˈəʊ.vəˌsteɪt-/ us    /ˌoʊ.vɚ-/
the act of describing or explaining something in a way that makes it seem more important or more serious than it really is: It would be an overstatement to say that she deserved to win the race.
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