litotes

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From Ancient Greek λιτότης (litótēs), from λιτός (litós, simple).

Noun[edit]

litotes (uncountable)

  1. (rhetoric) A figure of speech in which the speaker emphasizes the magnitude of a statement by denying its opposite; a figure of speech in which understatement is used with negation to express a positive attribute; a form of irony
Examples (figure of speech)
  • She's not the nicest person I know (to indicate meanness)
  • He's not exactly a rocket scientist (to indicate lack of intelligence)
  • Organizing these records is no small task (to indicate difficulty)
  • Not bad (that is to say, good)


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French[edit]

Noun[edit]

litotes ?

  1. plural form of litote

Portuguese[edit]

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litotes f (plural litotes)

  1. (rhetoric) litotes (an understatement employed for rhetoric effect)