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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

We look our best in subdued colors, sophisticated cuts, and a general air of sleek understatement.
Jil Sander

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

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

I'm obsessive. That's the word for me. I obsess - perhaps to the point where it's moderately dysfunctional. I tend to put a book through about 100 revisions. If anything, that's an understatement. If there's another author out there who does this sort of revision, I would really like to meet him. Maybe we could form some sort of support group.
Patrick Rothfuss

Whether you are sixteen or over sixty, remember, understatement is the rule of a fine makeup artist.
Helena Rubinstein
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Understatement Translations

understatement in German is Untertreibung, Unterbewertung
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