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Etymology edit

under- +‎ statement or understate +‎ -ment

Noun edit

understatement (usually uncountable, plural understatements)

  1. (uncountable, rhetoric) A figure of speech whereby something is made to seem smaller or less important than it actually is, either through phrasing or lack of emphasis, often for ironic effect.
    Synonym: meiosis
    Antonym: hyperbole
    Hyponym: litotes
    A master of understatement
  2. (countable) An instance of such phrasing or lack of emphasis.
    Hyponym: laconism
    Now that's an understatement.
  3. An incomplete disclosure that intentionally withholds relevant information.

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Dutch edit

Etymology edit

Borrowed from English understatement.

Pronunciation edit

  • IPA(key): /ˌɑn.də(r)ˈsteːt.mənt/ (the realisation may approximate English pronunciation: /ər/ will often be realised as [ɚ] or [ə])
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  • Hyphenation: un‧der‧state‧ment

Noun edit

understatement n (plural understatements)

  1. understatement

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Italian edit

Etymology edit

Unadapted borrowing from English understatement.

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Noun edit

understatement m (invariable)

  1. understatement

References edit

  1. ^ understatement in Luciano Canepari, Dizionario di Pronuncia Italiana (DiPI)