understatement, for intensification, by denying the contrary of the thing being affirmed. (Sometimes used synonymously with meiosis.)
*A few unannounced quizzes are not inconceivable.
*War is not healthy for children and other living things.
*One nuclear bomb can ruin your whole day. (meios...
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Figure of speech employing ironic understatement which affirms something by denying its opposite e.g. 'Earth has not anything to show more fair' from Composed Upon Westminster Bridge by William Wordsworth.
Found on http://www.poetsgraves.co.uk/glossary_of_poetic_terms.htm
[n] - understatement for rhetorical effect (especially when expressing an affirmative by negating its contrary)
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a deliberate understatement, often designed to create a comic or sarcastic effect. e.g. In the middle of a furious argument, a third party might enter and say, 'Did I detect a slight difference of opinion here?'
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Li'to·tes (lī'to*tēz) noun [ New Latin , from Greek lito`ths , from lito`s plain, simple.] (Rhet.) A diminution or softening of statement for the sake of avoiding censure or increasing the effect by contr...
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meiosis noun understatement for rhetorical effect (especially when expressing an affirmative by negating its contrary); `saying `I was not a little upset` when you mean `I was very upset` is an example of...
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• (n.) A diminution or softening of statement for the sake of avoiding censure or increasing the effect by contrast with the moderation shown in the form of expression; as, ` a citizen of no mean city,` that is, of an illustrious city.
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