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litotes

li·to·tes

litotes

 
pronunciation:
laI t tiz [or] laI to tiz [or] lI t tiz [or] laI to tiz
part of speech: noun
inflections: litotes
definition: in rhetoric, an understatement, esp. one expressed by a negation of an affirmative, as in "not the worst book I ever read".
antonyms:
exaggeration, hyperbole