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Meaning of LITOTES

Pronunciation:  'lItu`teez

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
[n]  understatement for rhetorical effect (especially when expressing an affirmative by negating its contrary); "saying `I was not a little upset' when you mean `I was very upset' is an example of litotes"
 

LITOTES is a 7 letter word that starts with L.

 

 Synonyms: meiosis
 
 See Also: rhetorical device, understatement

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Li"to*tes\, n. [NL., fr. Gr. ?, from ? plain, simple.]
(Rhet.)
A diminution or softening of statement for the sake of
avoiding censure or increasing the effect by contrast with
the moderation shown in the form of expression; as, `` a
citizen of no mean city,'' that is, of an illustrious city.

 

 

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