GRE Word List

LITOTES

understatement in which an affirmative is expressed by the negative of the contrary (as in "not a bad singer" or "not unhappy")

The meaning of the word litotes is understatement in which an affirmative is expressed by the negative of the contrary (as in "not a bad singer" or "not unhappy").

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