What does understatement mean?

Definitions for understatementˌʌn dərˈsteɪt mənt, ˈʌn dərˌsteɪt-

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. understatement(noun)

    a statement that is restrained in ironic contrast to what might have been said


  1. understatement(Noun)

    a disclosure or statement that is less than complete

  2. understatement(Noun)

    restraint or lack of emphasis, especially for ironic effect

  3. Origin: * under + statement

Webster Dictionary

  1. Understatement(noun)

    the act of understating, or the condition of being understated; that which is understated; a statement below the truth


  1. Understatement

    Understatement is a form of speech which contains an expression of less strength than what would be expected. This is not to be confused with euphemism, where a polite phrase is used in place of a harsher or more offensive expression.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of understatement in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of understatement in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Lee Bates:

    Torture is probably an understatement.

  2. James Harrington:

    To say this is a chilling experience for all of us is a gross understatement.

  3. Pedro Pierluisi:

    To say this legislation faces political headwinds in Washington is a serious understatement.

  4. Jeffrey DeLaurentis:

    It would be an enormous understatement to say his arrival would be met with extraordinary enthusiasm.

  5. Patriots CEO Robert Kraft:

    To say we are disappointed in( the report's) findings, which do not include any incontrovertible or hard evidence of deliberate deflation of footballs at the AFC championship game, would be a gross understatement.

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