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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

    Etymology: * under + statement

  2. understatementnoun

    restraint or lack of emphasis, especially for ironic effect

    Etymology: * under + statement

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. Jim Small:

    I don't think it is an understatement to say that Ichiro has had a bigger impact on the way Americans view Japan that really any other single person, i think that what he has done since 2001, to become arguably the greatest player ever to play in both leagues... what he has done is really to create a lot of attention on Japan.

  2. Monica Ruiz:

    I was happy to accept a job opportunity earlier this year from Peloton and the team was lovely to work with, although I'm an actress, I am not quite comfortable being in spotlight and I'm terrible on social media. So to say I was shocked and overwhelmed by the attention this week( especially the negative) is an understatement.

  3. Prosecutor Kym Worthy:

    It is a gross understatement to say that this case is harrowing example of irresponsible pet ownership.

  4. Sean Ferguson:

    We've travelled all the way from the UK to see you in Tampa tonight and just found out you've dropped out, disappointed is an understatement !

  5. Mick Mulvaney:

    Shahira Knight is an incredible asset to me, to this administration, and to the country, shahira Knight's as valuable for Shahira Knight strategic political insights behind the scenes as Shahira Knight is for Shahira Knight numerous public contributions. I've enjoyed working alongside her every day I have been here, and it is an understatement to say that Shahira Knight will be sorely missed.

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