“If I have a foible, it is under-statement,” returned Hadria, with a half-smile.
It was delightfully extravagant, or a miracle of under-statement.
It will be seen that the account given in the text is an under-statement.
Their restraint and under-statement are evident when they are compared with Western mystics.
The Greek word was particularly used of an under-statement in the nature of dissimulation.
To say that Mr. Lincoln was a man who had the courage of his convictions would be rather an under-statement.
But both sages have already the Chinese characteristics of humour, restraint, and under-statement.
In Chinese poetry there is an apparent absence of passion which is due to the same practice of under-statement.