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embellish is a synonym of exaggerate

verb [ em-bel-ish ]

embellish is another word for exaggerate

To exaggerate something, such as the difficulty of a task, is to overstate it or to magnify it beyond the limits of truth. To embellish something, such as a story, is to enhance it with fictitious additions. While both terms deviate from what is accurate or true, embellish implies ornamentation rather than distortion. This sparkling nuance is a carryover from the other sense of embellish, “to beautify by ornamentation.” One may embellish a gown with beads or jewels to make it more beautiful, or embellish a story with colorful details to make it more interesting or compelling.

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embellish + story
The biographer admitted that she embellished the story a bit for effect, but her readers seemed to expect such narrative flourishes.
expand + embellish
Each generation expanded and embellished the tale slightly more as they handed it down to the next.

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hubris is a synonym of arrogance

noun [ hyoo-bris, hoo- ]

hubris is another word for arrogance

The noun arrogance is a commonly used term for overbearing pride or an offensive display of superiority or self-importance. The synonym hubris describes a more grandiose and excessive type of pride or presumptuousness that, in literature, propels a protagonist toward tragedy (a character who thinks they know better than the gods and therefore oversteps their place in the cosmic order will eventually fall, or, more precisely, be punished). In general use, the term does not suggest divine retribution, but it does carry a cautionary weight.

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act of hubris
The manager's decision to let go of his top three salespeople because he believed he could singlehandedly do a better job was an astonishing act of hubris.
blinded by hubris
The leader was blinded by hubris and could not see the negative impact of her actions.

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erroneous is a synonym of wrong

adjective [ ih-roh-nee-uhs, e-roh- ]

erroneous is another word for wrong

The adjective wrong is used in a few different ways. It can describe something that is not in accordance with what is morally right or good (a wrong deed), something that is out of order or awry (something’s wrong with your computer), or something that deviates from the truth or fact (a wrong answer). That third sense is where the synonym erroneous comes in. Erroneous means “containing error” or “mistaken; incorrect.” This adjective is commonly used to describe flawed reasoning or incorrect information. Erroneous originally described people or things that moved aimlessly or wandered about. While that sense is now obsolete, the idea of deviating or straying from a correct path, albeit a figurative one, still figures into its meaning.

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erroneous assumption
The director's decision to move the first performance up a weekend was based on the erroneous assumption that his cast members had been rehearsing diligently.
clearly erroneous
She could not believe the outcome of the trial; in her view the court's findings were clearly erroneous.

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