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litotes - Dictionary definition and meaning for word litotes

(noun) understatement for rhetorical effect (especially when expressing an affirmative by negating its contrary)
Synonyms : meiosis
Example Sentence
  • saying `I was not a little upset' when you mean `I was very upset' is an example of litotes

Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for litotes

lie + quotes(kind of similar to euphemism too)
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by Sinduja

light out... instead of (en)lightening the situation you are taking the light(LITE) out(OTE) of it by undertating the gravity of the situation
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by hiraditya

Can be read as- light out. To call night a Light Out is a litotes.
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by pcsjith

litotes=light quotes......"HE IS NO MORE" is a litotes by the church people after buring him in the earth...instead of saying."MAR GAYA SALA!!!"...:)
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by verbal800

totes => toe => under => understatement
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by vignesh91

le tatti
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by friendofafriend

litotes = lit (little) + quotes..
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by shaktipada

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