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Understatement

look too bad.” Therefore, an understatement is opposite to another figure of speech, hyperbole, which is an overstatement. Common Understatement Examples Let us try to understand understatement better with the…

Meiosis

Definition of Meiosis The word meiosis originated from the Greek word meioo, which means “to diminish,” or “to make smaller.” Meiosis can be defined as a witty understatement that belittles…

Litotes

Definition of Litotes Litotes, derived from a Greek word meaning “simple,” is a figure of speech that employs an understatement by using double negatives or, in other words, a positive…

Figure of Speech

…wound their way into her hair. This is trait of using finger-tips in hair is a human one. Understatement and Hyperbole These two figures of speech are opposite to each…

Figurative Language

…can appear in multiple forms with the use of different literary and rhetorical devices. According to Merriam Webster’s Encyclopedia, figurative language has five different forms: Understatement or Emphasis Relationship or…

Trope

…contrary to understatement and, like metaphor and simile, is overstated and ridiculous. We usually find its usage in oral communication and literature, such as: “As fair art thou, my bonnie…

Parenthesis

…expressing understatement, and for suggesting how to cope with losses through art by using the phrase “write it.” Example #2: The Elements of Style (By William Strunk, Jr. and E….

Literary Devices and Terms

Literary Devices refers to the typical structures used by writers in their works to convey his or her messages in a simple manner to the readers. When employed…

My Last Duchess

…– a witty understatement, which belittles something or someone. We can see this when the duke boasts about his name, and complains the duchess did not pay regards to his…

Verbal Irony

…of what they intend to say, such as “soft as concrete.” Types of Verbal Irony Sarcasm Exaggeration or Overstatement Understatement Examples of Verbal Irony from Literature Example #1: Romeo &…