Literary Device

Word:Understatement

Definition

Understatement

Un•der•state•ment

To describe something in a way that makes it seem less important, serious, bad etc. than it really is

Synonyms And Examples

Synonyms

-Underestimate

-Underplaying

-Restrained

-Litotes


Example: The journalist wrote that the earthquake had cause some damage. This turned out to be a massive understatement of the devastation


My Example: The news report said that the car crash was a small incident. This turned out to be a even more serious understatement about the incident

Derivatives

Understated

Adjective

Definition: restrain in design, presentation etc.


Understating

Verb

Definition: to state or represent less strongly facts that would bear out; set forth in weak terms

Example

This picture shows how he is making an understatement about his injury
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