Definition of understatement in English:


Syllabification: un·der·state·ment
Pronunciation: /ˈəndərˌstātmənt


  • The presentation of something as being smaller, worse, or less important than it actually is: a master of English understatement to say I am delighted is an understatement
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    • He was a natural diplomat, too, cool as a breeze under pressure and a master of understatement.
    • She is at once fiercely competitive and ladylike, a fighter to the death and yet a model of polite understatement.
    • The reading of his will raised some eyebrows, to riot in understatement.
    minimization, trivialization, euphemism; understatedness, restraint, reserve, underplaying, underemphasis; subtlety, delicacy
    technical litotes, meiosis

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