What does understatement mean?

Definitions for understatement
ˌʌn dərˈsteɪt mənt, ˈʌn dərˌsteɪt-un·der·state·ment

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. understatementnoun

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


  1. understatementnoun

    a disclosure or statement that is less than complete

  2. understatementnoun

    restraint or lack of emphasis, especially for ironic effect

  3. Etymology: * under + statement


  1. Understatement

    Understatement is an expression of lesser strength than what the speaker or writer actually means or than what is normally expected. It is the opposite of embellishment or exaggeration, and is used for emphasis, irony, hedging, or humor. A particular form of understatement using negative syntax is called litotes. This is not to be confused with euphemism, where a polite phrase is used in place of a harsher or more offensive expression. Understatement may also be called underexaggeration to denote lesser enthusiasm. Understatement also merges the comic with the ironic, as in Mark Twain’s comment, “The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated.”

Webster Dictionary

  1. Understatementnoun

    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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  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

Examples of understatement in a Sentence

  1. Drew Ferguson:

    To say it was heated was an understatement.

  2. John Garcia:

    I took it to heart, the ordeals that Actor Haing Ngor went through and Actor Haing Ngor life, losing Actor Haing Ngor wife ? I could not believe that Actor Haing Ngor would die in the streets of Los Angeles in such a horrible manner after surviving everything Actor Haing Ngor endured. Did I feel pressure ? I think pressure is an understatement. Because I took it [ personally ].

  3. Bill de Blasio:

    To call this vile is an understatement. Eid is a moment to celebrate peace, community and family, an attack on that is an attack on all New Yorkers.

  4. Selena Gomez:

    My first WE Day experience was three years ago, and to say I was impressed is an understatement, the electricity of an arena full of thousands of young people who are making real change in the world is like nothing I've ever experienced.

  5. Bakersfield Now Fiona Daghir:

    She just texted me this, terrified is an understatement.

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