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Definition of Understatement

Understatement

  1. The act of understating, or the condition of being understated; that which is understated; a statement below the truth.

Understatement Quotations

A discerning eye needs only a hint, and understatement leaves the imagination free to build its own elaborations.
Russell Page

The understatement is the English contribution to comedy.
Jim Davis

I don't like being flattered. It doesn't suit my English sensibilities. Remember, we are the great country of understatement.
Martin Parr

However old-fashioned and right-wing this may sound, the American genius for language lies in understatement, in saying things simply, pointedly and quickly, and in making new and clean and swift what otherwise might be ponderous, round and slow.
Walter Kirn

In 2007, when I was governor of New York, I proposed that our state once again permit undocumented immigrants to obtain a driver's license. To say the proposal lit a firestorm in the political arena is an understatement.
Eliot Spitzer
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Understatement Translations

understatement in German is Untertreibung, Unterbewertung

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