understatement

Definition from Wiktionary, the free dictionary
Jump to: navigation, search

English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Noun[edit]

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.

Synonyms[edit]

Antonyms[edit]

Hyponyms[edit]

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

Related terms[edit]

Translations[edit]


Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from English

Pronunciation[edit]

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

Noun[edit]

understatement n ‎(plural understatements)

  1. understatement

Synonyms[edit]


Italian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

English

Noun[edit]

understatement m ‎(invariable)

  1. understatement