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English definition of “understatement”

understatement

noun [C, U]
 
 
/ˌʌndəˈsteɪtmənt/
a statement in which you say that something is less extreme than it really is: 'Quite big', did you say? That's an understatement - he's enormous!Exaggerating and playing downPraising and applauding
(Definition of understatement from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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