Understatement definition

ŭndər-stātmənt, ŭndər-stāt-
The definition of an understatement is when something is said that is far less than what is true.

An example of an understatement is a millionaire telling someone that they have a good paying job.

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Restraint or lack of emphasis, especially for ironic effect.
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A disclosure or statement that is less than complete.
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Restraint or lack of emphasis in expression, as for rhetorical effect.
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Restraint in artistic expression.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
understatement
Plural:
understatements

Origin of understatement