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. (meiosis)
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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.
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- understatement for rhetorical effect (especially when expressing an affirmative by negating its contrary)Found on http://www.webdictionary.co.uk/definition.php?query=litotes
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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[ 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 contrast with the moderation shown in the form of expre...Found on http://www.encyclo.co.uk/webster/L/51
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 litotes`Found on http://wordnetweb.princeton.edu/perl/webwn?s=litotes
• (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.Found on http://thinkexist.com/dictionary/meaning/litotes/
a figure of speech, conscious understatement in which emphasis is achieved by negation; examples are the common expressions `not bad!` and `no mean ... [1 related articles]Found on http://www.britannica.com/eb/a-z/l/59
a deliberate understatement.Found on http://rpo.library.utoronto.ca/display_rpo/terminology.cfm#acatalectic
litotes (lī'tutēz") , figure of speech in which a statement is made by indicating the negative of its opposite, e.g., “not many” meaning “a few.” A form of irony, litotes is meant to emphasize by understating. Its opposite is hyperbole.Found on http://www.infoplease.com/ce6/ent/A0829976.html
The use of understatement for effect (`He is no Einstein` = `He is a bit dim`). It is the opposite of hyperboleFound on http://www.talktalk.co.uk/reference/encyclopaedia/hutchinson/m0038728.html
In rhetoric, litotes (z, z or z) is a figure of speech in which understatement is employed for rhetoric effect, principally via double negatives. For example, rather than saying that something is attractive (or even very attractive), one might merely say it is `not unattractive`. Litotes is a form of understatement, always deliberate and with th.....Found on http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Litotes
A form of meiosis using a negative statement. (See more under discussion of meiosis.)Found on http://www.encyclo.co.uk/local/22385
A deliberate understatement.Found on http://www.encyclo.co.uk/local/22429
understatement by affirming using negation of the contraryFound on http://phrontistery.info/l.html
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