noun. understatement for rhetorical effect (especially when expressing an affirmative by negating its contrary).
- rhetorical device
- λιτότης (Ancient Greek (to 1453))
- λιτός (Ancient Greek (to 1453))
Example sentences of the word litotes
1. Noun, plural
For instance, certain types of diction, like hyperbole and litotes, say a lot about the writer’s implied attitude (see Reference 2).