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Is there a formal word for overhyped? (using the definition: make exaggerated claims about (a product, idea, or event); publicize or promote excessively.)

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  • I wouldn't say that "overhyped" was particularly informal. Nov 14 at 14:59
  • But only Uber can uberhype.
    – DjinTonic
    Nov 14 at 16:29
  • Yeah. The word is ADVERTISING! (I'm being facetious--kinda.) Don Nov 15 at 0:18
  • Welcome to SE EL&U. One of the things we require in questions asking for a word is an example sentence of usage. Otherwise I might have said "exaggerated", which you use in your sentence would do. It will do in a sentence "the claims for this product are ...........", but not for "this product is ...........". Which is it, or do you not care?
    – David
    Nov 15 at 13:27
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Overhyped might strike you as informal simply because it's relatively new. The first citation in the OED is from 1979 for the verb and 1980 for the adjective. I can see how overhyped could seem like an unusual word choice to refer to something that isn't relatively modern. If you are looking for another word that's used in settings in addition to advertising and may be more appropriate, I suggest

inflated (adj.)

Elaborated or heightened by artificial or empty means

an inflated style of writing m-w

  1. pompous; bombastic; high-flown

  2. increased or raised beyond what is normal or valid Webster’s New World College Dictionary

Englarged beyond truth or reasonableness vocabulary.com


Technologies tend to get overhyped (inflated expectations) after their initial introduction to the market. G. Grant and R. Collins; The Value Imperative

... the desperation for a 'miracle recovery' so common in fiction or media reportage is shared by the loved ones of the patient, leading to 'costs of inflated promise', an over-hyped assurance that is further communicated and perpetuated in the press. Matthew Colbeck; The Language and Imagery of Brain Injury

...Consumers' Research Incorporated which reported on competing products' quality and value and sought particularly to prick the bubble of inflated advertising claims. M. Bevir and F. Trentmann; Critiques of Capital in Modern Britain and America

The second approach meant advertising poor quality products in a flashy manner ('hucksterism') and treating consumers as 'gullible dupes' who would be convinced by inflated product claims. Caroline Koegler; Critical Branding

Such criticisms might be seen as having a primarily anecdotal value, merely adding to the commercial overkill of a media-inflated event. Graham Huggan; The Post-Colonial Exotic: Marketing the Margins

The other conflict that will not be found in this volume is an action grandiloquently or facetiously known as “The Lowell War.” This inflated event occurred on November 21, 1857, at the town named in the title. Le Roy Barnett; Michigan's Early Military Forces

When experiments have used these methods, their findings have indicated that when advertisements that inflate the product performance of a consumer product are made, the participants reported a higher level of intent to buy the product. David Hill; Encyclopedia of Deception, vol. 2

Packaging may be cleverly designed to give an inflated impression of quality. K. Brumfitt et al.; Marketing

But I consider that the particular illustrative example used here will give the non-statistician a grossly inflated idea of the power of the moving average to give useful information. Journal of the South African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy

Both Klein's and Manzoni's oeuvres featured Conceptualism's irony. Klein's exhibition of literally invisible “paintings” (the “zones of immaterial pictorial sensitivity”) foreshadowed many Conceptual works that carried the inflated idea of the “last painting” ad absurdum. Thomas McEvilley; Capacity

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