Daily Word: litotes

litotes (n.)

Pronounciation: lie-toe-tees

Meaning: A figure of speech in which an affirmative understatement is expressed by negating its opposite. A litotes emphasizes or draws attention to an idea or situation through ironical understatement.

Do you have an example?

Kira’s lunch with her ex was not the most cordial affair.

It is not uncommon for the average college student to sleep less than five hours on a weekday.



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