Re: needed: antonym for hyperbole

Subject: Re: needed: antonym for hyperbole
From: Joanna Sheldon <cjs10 -at- CORNELL -dot- EDU>
Date: Wed, 5 Jun 1996 05:30:35 -0400

At 02:25 05/06/96 -0400, David wrote:
>Karen Otto writes:
>> We're looking for an antyonym for hyperbole
>>
>> Any ideas?

>meiosis. In rhetoric, a kind of understatement that dismisses or belittles,
>especially by using terms that make something seem less significant than it
>really is or ought to be: for example, calling a serious wound a _scratch_,
>or a journalist a _hack_ or a _scribbler_.

>litotes. In rhetoric a positive and often emphatic statement made by denying
<...>


How about something a little more common? I suggest "understatement".

Joanna

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