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 lītotēs from lītos plain ; see lei- in Indo-European roots.
From Ancient Greek Î»Î¹Ï„ÏŒÏ„Î·Ï‚ (litotÄ“s), from Î»Î¹Ï„ÏŒÏ‚ (litos, “simple").