American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of understating. That which is understated; a statement of less than the full truth.
- n. a disclosure or statement that is less than complete
- n. restraint or lack of emphasis, especially for ironic effect
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The act of understating, or the condition of being understated; that which is understated; a statement below the truth.
- n. a statement that is restrained in ironic contrast to what might have been said
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