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understate

verb [T]  /ˌʌn·dərˈsteɪt/ us  
to say that the amount or importance of something is less than it really is: The company was accused of understating potential side effects of the drug.
understatement
noun [C/U]  /ˌʌn·dərˈsteɪt·mənt/ us  
[C] To say I was confused is an understatement – I hadn’t the slightest idea what to do.
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