Definitions for understatementˌʌn dərˈsteɪt mənt, ˈʌn dərˌsteɪt-

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

un•der•stateˌʌn dərˈsteɪt(v.t.)-stat•ed, -stat•ing.

  1. to state or represent less strongly or strikingly than the facts would indicate; set forth in restrained terms.

Origin of understate:


un•der•state•mentˌʌn dərˈsteɪt mənt, ˈʌn dərˌsteɪt-(n.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. understatement(noun)

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

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. understatement(noun)ˌʌn dərˈsteɪt

    a description that makes sth sound less impressive, serious, etc. than it actually is

    To say she's attractive would be an understatement.


  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.

Translations for understatement

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


It's an understatement to say he's foolish; – he's quite mad.

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