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EtymologyEdit

under- +‎ statement

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understatement (usually uncountable, plural understatements)

  1. An incomplete statement, particularly:
    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; meiosis.
      A master of understatement
    2. An instance of such phrasing or lack of emphasis.
      Now that's an understatement.
    3. An incomplete disclosure that intentionally withholds relevant information.

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  • (rhetorical device, stating something by denying its opposite): litotes
  • (instance of its use, extreme brevity): laconism

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DutchEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from English understatement.

PronunciationEdit

  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: un‧der‧state‧ment

NounEdit

understatement n (plural understatements)

  1. understatement

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ItalianEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from English understatement.

NounEdit

understatement m (invariable)

  1. understatement