litotes

See also: Litotes and lítotes

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EtymologyEdit

From French litote, from Ancient Greek λιτότης (litótēs), from λιτός (litós, simple).

Examples (figure of speech)
  • She's not the nicest person I know (intending mean)
  • He's not exactly a rocket scientist (intending stupid)
  • Organizing these records is no small task (intending difficult)
  • Not bad (intending good)

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NounEdit

litotes (plural litotes)

  1. (rhetoric) An ironic figure of speech whereby something is stated by denying its opposite, particularly the negation of a negative quality to say something positive.

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PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

litotes f

  1. plural of litote

PolishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Latin litotes, from Ancient Greek λιτότης (litótēs), from λιτός (litós, simple).

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

litotes m inan (indeclinable)

  1. (rhetoric) litotes
    Synonym: litota

Further readingEdit

  • litotes in Wielki słownik języka polskiego, Instytut Języka Polskiego PAN
  • litotes in Polish dictionaries at PWN

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NounEdit

litotes f (plural litotes)

  1. (rhetoric) litotes (an understatement employed for rhetoric effect)