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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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


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  • Understatement is always best.

    January 25, 2007