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
Surprise is an understatement.
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.
I think it’s an understatement to say that that a two-day-old tweet tends not to be useful.
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