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litotes

noun

1 litotes

Understatement for rhetorical effect (especially when expressing an affirmative by negating its contrary):
— Saying `I was not a little upset' when you mean `I was very upset' is an example of litotes.

synonym: meiosis.

Polish: pomniejszenie, litota, antyfraza, litotes




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