10 search results for "understatement"

Understatement

Understatement Definition An understatement is a figure of speech employed by writers or speakers to intentionally make a situation seem less important than it really is. For example, you…

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…

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…

Figure of Speech

…that 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…

Figurative Language

…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…

Trope

…is 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…

Parenthesis

…for 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…

Literary Devices and Terms

…Tmesis Tone Tragedy Tragic Flaw Tragic Hero Tragicomedy Transition Tricolon Trimeter Trope Truism U Understatement Undertone Utopia V Verbal Irony Verisimilitude Vernacular Verse Vignette Villanelle Voice W Wit Z Zeugma…

My Last Duchess

…meiosis – 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…

Verbal Irony

…opposite 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…