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litotes


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Litotes  \Li"to*tes\,  n.  [NL.,  fr  Gr  ?,  from  ?  plain,  simple.] 
  (Rhet.) 
  A  diminution  or  softening  of  statement  for  the  sake  of 
  avoiding  censure  or  increasing  the  effect  by  contrast  with 
  the  moderation  shown  in  the  form  of  expression;  as  ``  a 
  citizen  of  no  mean  city,''  that  is  of  an  illustrious  city. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  litotes 
  n  :  understatement,  esp.  expressing  an  affirmative  by  negating 
  its  contrary  [syn:  {meiosis}] 




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