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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A disclosure or statement that is less than complete.
  • n. Restraint or lack of emphasis in expression, as for rhetorical effect.
  • n. Restraint in artistic expression.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a disclosure or statement that is less than complete
  • n. restraint or lack of emphasis, especially for ironic effect

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of understating, or the condition of being understated; that which is understated; a statement below the truth.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of understating. That which is understated; a statement of less than the full truth.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a statement that is restrained in ironic contrast to what might have been said


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