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un·der·state·ment

 (ŭn′dər-stāt′mənt, ŭn′dər-stāt′-)
n.
1. A disclosure or statement that is less than complete.
2. Restraint or lack of emphasis in expression, as for rhetorical effect.
3. Restraint in artistic expression.

understatement

(ˌʌndəˈsteɪtmənt)
n
the act or an instance of stating something in restrained terms, or as less than it is
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.understatement - a statement that is restrained in ironic contrast to what might have been saidunderstatement - a statement that is restrained in ironic contrast to what might have been said
statement - a message that is stated or declared; a communication (oral or written) setting forth particulars or facts etc; "according to his statement he was in London on that day"
litotes, meiosis - 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"
overstatement, exaggeration, magnification - making to seem more important than it really is

understatement

noun
1. euphemism, trivialization To say I'm disappointed is an understatement.
2. restraint, reserve, subtlety, delicacy, underplaying, understatedness, underemphasis typical British understatement
Translations
تَصْريح مُقَلَّل
slabé označení
underdrivelse
ez kevesebbet mond a valóságnálszépítõ körülmény
úrdráttur
slabé označenie
olduğundan daha hafif gösterme

understatement

[ˈʌndəˌsteɪtmənt] N
1. (= underestimate) [of rate, level, growth] → subestimación f
these figures are an understatementestas cifras son una subestimación
2. (= not exaggeration) I think that's something of an understatementcreo que eso es quedarse corto
to say I'm disappointed is an understatementdecir que estoy desilusionado es quedarse corto
interesting? that's the understatement of the year!¿interesante? ¡eso es quedarse corto!
3. (= restraint) → moderación f
typical British understatementla típica moderación británica, el típico comedimiento británico (frm)

understatement

[ˈʌndərsteɪtmənt] n
That's an understatement → C'est bien peu dire., Le terme est faible.
To say I'm disappointed is an understatement → Dire que je suis déçu serait un euphémisme.
that's the understatement of the year! → c'est bien le moins qu'on puisse dire!

understatement

understatement

[ˈʌndəˌsteɪtmənt] nunderstatement m inv
that's an understatement! → a dir poco!

understate

(andəˈsteit) verb
to state less than the truth about (something). She has understated her difficulties.
ˌunderˈstatement noun
It's an understatement to say he's foolish – he's quite mad.
References in classic literature ?
It is insisted that eight duels a week--four for each of the two days--is too low an average to draw a calculation from, but I will reckon from that basis, preferring an understatement to an overstatement of the case.
If a substantial understatement occurred, then the penalty was imposed.
Accordingly, the Company has restated its previously issued condensed consolidated financial statements for the periods ended September 30, 2005 to correct the overstatement of income tax expense and corresponding understatement of net income for such periods.
200575 provides guidance in determining when disclosure is adequate for purposes of reducing a tax understatement under Secs.
The legislation creates a new reportable transactions understatement penalty under CRTC [section] 19773, which applies to listed or reportable transactions.
The penalty (20% of the underpayment related to the tax shelter) applies to an understatement of income tax that is substantial because it exceeds 10% of the tax that should have been shown on the return or $5,000 ($10,000 for a C corporation), whichever is greater.
com isn't beyond reproach is an understatement," commented Rami Hamodah, President and Co-founder of Salesboom.
A 20% understatement penalty may be levied if a reportable transaction was adequately disclosed, and a 30% understatement penalty if it was not disclosed.
To say we are disappointed is an understatement,'' Kennedy coach Bob Francola said.
TEI also testified before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance that exposing employees of large corporations to draconian penalties for the understatement of tax by their corporate employers would be counterproductive to the goal of ensuring corporate tax compliance.
Generally, married persons who file jointly are jointly and severally liable for the tax due, unless under the innocent spouse rule a spouse can show that (1) on the tax return there is a substantial understatement of tax attributable to grossly erroneous items of the other spouse, (2) in signing the return, the spouse seeking relief had not known and had had no reason to know of such substantial understatement and (3) taking into account all the acts and circumstances, it would be inequitable to hold the spouse liable for the deficiency.