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What would be such a word? For example, imagine a situation in which person A tells their friend (person B) that a window in their house cracked and that cost of replacing it is somewhat expensive. This friend then goes on to tell their friend (person C) of person A's unfortunate occurence. Instead of simply stating that a window cracked, he reports it as "the window exploded and repairing it will potentially lead him to financial bankruptcy". So, what would be a word for what person B just did? Something like "exaggerate", but with a negative connotation, as "exaggerate" can be pretty neutral.

Thanks!

  • See synonyms of exaggerate, then tell us why none of them fit the purpose. :) – NVZ Feb 9 '17 at 2:26
  • Perhaps "dramatize" would be useful in this context? – Emily Donville Feb 9 '17 at 2:26
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The usual word is sensationalize -- "to present information about (something) in a sensational way:"

Presenting information in a way that is intended to provoke interest and excitement, at the expense of accuracy

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    +1 This is what came to my mind as well. – Jim Feb 9 '17 at 4:27
  • But it doesn't have a negative connotation (which the question specifically requested). – Scott Feb 9 '17 at 22:05
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A good word to use might be Embellish, which would fit quite nicely as it's often used specifically when referring to stories.

Embellish Via Cambridge

To make something more beautiful or interesting by additions or details: Many early building entrances were richly embellished. ​ If you embellish a story or statement, you add details that are not completely true in order to make it more interesting: "He couldn’t resist embellishing his account of the African safari"

Another befitting word would be Dramatize, which has a more negative connotation.

Dramatize Via Google Dictionary

Exaggerate the seriousness or importance of (an incident or situation): "They have a tendency to dramatize things"

Synonyms: exaggerate, overdo, overstate, hyperbolize, magnify, amplify, inflate

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  • But it doesn't have a negative connotation (which the question specifically requested). – Scott Feb 9 '17 at 22:06
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Dramatize -- Vocabulary

To dramatize something is to put it in dramatic form (like a TV show or movie) or make it seem more dramatic, using exaggeration.

Anytime you see a movie or TV show about real events, the actors are dramatizing what really happened. If you slipped on the sidewalk and hurt your knee a little but later made it sound like the most tragic event in the history of humanity, you're guilty of dramatizing what happened.

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  • But it doesn't have a negative connotation (which the question specifically requested). – Scott Feb 9 '17 at 22:05

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