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understatement

[ uhn-der-steyt-muhnt, uhn-der-steyt- ]

noun

  1. the act or an instance of understating, or representing in a weak or restrained way that is not borne out by the facts:

    The journalist wrote that the earthquake had caused some damage. This turned out to be a massive understatement of the devastation.



understatement

  1. A form of irony in which something is intentionally represented as less than it is: “Hank Aaron was a pretty good ball player.”


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To say I’m disappointed, frustrated are all understatements.

It is not an understatement to say that this is the most anticipated book release of the season—if not the year.

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To call Nia Long an ageless beauty would be an understatement.

To say that this has been a stressful year is a gross understatement.

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To say that the travel industry has been hit hard by the pandemic is an understatement.

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That may sound like the understatement of the century, and maybe it is.

And considering his massive music-industry thumb print, that “you oughta know” Jack Antonoff is an understatement.

To say that the past few years have been a watershed period of improvement for LGBT America is an understatement.

To say that James Gunn is ecstatic is a vast understatement.

It was a massive understatement when Frieden said, “This is a very delicate area, so to speak.”

Howells realized the unwisdom and weakness of dogmatic insistence, and the strength of understatement.

This is the typical understatement of Old English rhetoric: it can only point to deliberate treachery on the part of the Eotens.

There is more danger of doing the injustice of understatement in commemorating a character so rounded and symmetrical.

You can say I have gone out on a trial run, which won't be a lie, only an understatement.

Her every manner convinced you comments as such were guilty of the grossest understatement.

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