a statement that is restrained in ironic contrast to what might have been said
a disclosure or statement that is less than complete
restraint or lack of emphasis, especially for ironic effect
Origin: * under + statement
the act of understating, or the condition of being understated; that which is understated; a statement below the truth
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.
The numerical value of understatement in Chaldean Numerology is: 3
The numerical value of understatement in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Torture is probably an understatement.
To say this is a chilling experience for all of us is a gross understatement.
To say this legislation faces political headwinds in Washington is a serious understatement.
It would be an enormous understatement to say his arrival would be met with extraordinary enthusiasm.
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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