What does understatement mean?

Definitions for understatementˌʌn dərˈsteɪt mənt, ˈʌn dərˌsteɪt-

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word understatement.

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.


  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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. David Parks:

    Surprise is an understatement.

  2. Lee Bates:

    Torture is probably an understatement.

  3. James Harrington:

    To say this is a chilling experience for all of us is a gross understatement.

  4. Pedro Pierluisi:

    To say this legislation faces political headwinds in Washington is a serious understatement.

  5. Van Buren:

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

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