Definition of litotes in English:
Ironical understatement in which an affirmative is expressed by the negative of its contrary (e.g. I shan’t be sorry for I shall be glad).
- Yet this definition fails to explain instances of litotes, or understatement, which is often classified as a kind of irony.
- First one must register his anti-Idealism, his antipathy toward the idea becoming metonymical litotes for such.
- But, if we follow Schwarzbach, Dickens's description of the street mire in Holborn is, if anything, understated - ‘mud’ is not hyperbole, but litotes.
Definition of litotes in:
- US English dictionary
What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?
Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.
Most popular in the US
Most popular in Australia
Most popular in Malaysia
Most popular in Pakistan