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litotes
 
SYLLABICATION:li·to·tes
PRONUNCIATION:  lt-tz, lt-, l-ttz
NOUN:Inflected forms: pl. litotes
A figure of speech consisting of an understatement in which an affirmative is expressed by negating its opposite, as in This is no small problem.
ETYMOLOGY:Greek ltots, from ltos, plain. See lei- in Appendix I.
 
 
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