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1. litotes

noun. understatement for rhetorical effect (especially when expressing an affirmative by negating its contrary).

Synonyms

  • rhetorical device
  • meiosis

Antonyms

  • deceit
  • exaggeration
  • misrepresentation

Etymology

  • λιτότης (Ancient Greek (to 1453))
  • λιτός (Ancient Greek (to 1453))

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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).

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