understatement[ uhn-der-steyt-muh nt, uhn-der-steyt- ]SEE DEFINITION OF understatement
EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR UNDERSTATEMENT
The dryness in his tone was a paragraph of comment on my understatement.
He had made an understatement when he talked about "those people" dying.
Taken literally, however, it was an understatement of the facts and wholly insincere.
This is what the habit of understatement may bring us down to,—absolute inadequacy.
Many times was an understatement, Latham thought wretchedly.
But there was malice in that understatement of Talleyrand's; and there is none in the understatement of this Frenchman.
As a critic his surest resource had always lain in understatement.
Your young lady's not even an understatement; she's only a profound pause.
It is an understatement to say, as we look about our modern world, that Christianity has not been tried yet.
With regard to the persons who lately left us, the word transparent is, if anything, an understatement.
RELATED WORDS AND SYNONYMS FOR UNDERSTATEMENT
- communication that is not meant literally; stylistic device
- manner of speaking
- turn of phrase
- way of speaking