II. MODES OF COMMUNICATION
[Nouns] exaggeration; expansion [more]; hyperbole, stretch, strain, coloring; high coloring, caricature, caricatura; extravagance (nonsense) [more]; Baron Munchausen; men in buckram, yarn, fringe, embroidery, traveler's tale; fish story, gooseberry.
figure of speech, facon de parler; stretch of fancy, stretch of the imagination; flight of fancy (imagination) [more].
[Verbs] exaggerate, magnify, pile up, aggravate; amplify (expand) [more]; overestimate [more]; hyperbolize; overcharge, overstate, overdraw, overlay, overshoot the mark, overpraise; make over much, over the most of; strain, strain over a point; stretch, stretch a point; go great lengths; spin a long yarn; draw with a longbow, shoot with a longbow; deal in the marvelous.
out-Herod Herod, run riot, talk at random.
[Adjectives] exaggerated; overwrought; bombastic (grandiloquent) [more]; hyperbolical, on stilts; fabulous, extravagant, preposterous, egregious, outre, highflying.