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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 great)

NounEdit

litotes (uncountable)

  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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NounEdit

litotes f

  1. plural of litote

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NounEdit

litotes f (plural litotes)

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