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.

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