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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 ?
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It would be an understatement to say that most people know the story, but to summarize: Dorothy Gale and her dog Toto are blown clear out of Kansas, and end up in the Land of Oz.
David Hockney's colorful persona has long served as a foil for the quiet understatement of his pictorial output.
California's new rules also provide for a variety of penalties for taxpayers in various circumstances, including a failure to report penalty; (8) a 100-percent interest penalty for taxpayers contacted regarding the use of a potentially abusive shelter; (9) reportable-transaction understatement; (10) noneconomic-substance transaction understatement; (11) and enhancement of an accuracy-related penalty.
This process," Garrity notes with gentle understatement, "dilutes the FBI's responsiveness."