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understatedness

Definitions

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  • n. The state or condition of being understated.

Etymologies

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understated +‎ -ness

Examples

  • And the end comes with a dramatic understatedness, true to the epigraph from T.S. Eliot (which supplies also the eponymous beach): In this last of meeting places

    August Books 1) To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee

  • Flashiness or understatedness — the style of the wealthy can always shift.

    The Bonus Babies Are Back

  • While it'd be a stretch to call any characters in the franchise really "believable," Nero's got a pleasant understatedness about him.

    Archive 2008-02-01

  • "I want it all, right now" tells Dillinger (Johnny Depp) after wooing lower class beauty Billie Frechette (Marion Cottilard); Christian Bale, effectively correcting his egotistical turn in Terminator Salvation, siphers off any trace of movie star charisma with exquisite understatedness as FBI agent Melvin Purvis, head of the team assigned to capture Dillinger.

    Archive 2009-07-01

  • I like the understatedness of the comic acting (not to be confused with the stuff that's simply unfunny, alas).

    Studio 60

  • SANCHEZ: He has, Rob, and there was a certain understatedness about him now, you know, a quietness about him.

    CNN Transcript Oct 29, 2007

  • But the thing about Koppel also is the understatedness, everything.

    CNN Transcript Nov 27, 2005

  • Mia Wasikowska had a pensive presence in Kids, an understatedness that seemed refreshing but which in retrospect may have been the result of tentative acting skills.

    Forbes.com: News

  • Len loves the understatedness of it and says she was a bit overdressed.

    TVGuide.com: Breaking News

  • A consequence, perhaps, of the characteristics that are also their greatest strengths - their subtlety and understatedness.

    .: chromewaves v7.5

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