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.
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