understatement for effect, esp. such understatement in which something is expressed by a negation of the contrary (Ex.: not a few regrets)
Origin of litotesClassical Greek litot?s ; from litos, smooth, simple, plain, akin to leios: see lime
A figure of speech consisting of an understatement in which an affirmative is expressed by negating its opposite, as in This is no small problem.
Origin of litotesGreek l&imacron;tot&emacron;s, from l&imacron;tos, plain; see lei- in Indo-European roots.
From Ancient Greek Î»Î¹Ï„ÏŒÏ„Î·Ï‚ (litotÄ“s), from Î»Î¹Ï„ÏŒÏ‚ (litos, “simple").