litotes [lahy-tuh-teez, lit-uh-, lahy-toh-teez]
noun, plural litotes. Rhetoric.
1. understatement, especially that in which an affirmative is expressed by the negative of its contrary, as in “not bad at all.”.
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Origin: 1650-60; < New Latin < Greek lītótēs orig., plainness, simplicity, derivative of lītós plain, small, meager
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