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understatement

  • 1 understatement

    understatement under∙state∙ment noun 1. a statement that makes sth seem less important, impressive, serious, etc. than it really is • 保守的说法;不充分的敍述:
    »To say we were pleased is an understatement (= we were extremely pleased).
    只说我们高兴真是轻描淡写。
    »ˈThese figures are a bit disappointing.ˈ ˈThatˈs got to be the understatement of the year.ˈ
    "这些数字有点令人失望。" "那一定是本年度最保守的说法了。"
    2. the practice of making things seem less impressive, important, serious, etc. than they really are • 淡化;低调说法:
    »typical English understatement
    »He always goes for subtlety and understatement in his movies.
    他总是在自己的电影中运用细腻刻画和淡化手法。
    【OPP】 [u]overstatement
    * * *
    [ʌndә'steitmәnt]
    n. 保守的陳述, 掩飾

    English-Chinese dictionary > understatement

  • 2 understatement

    noun It's an understatement to say he's foolish - he's quite mad.) 陳述

    English-Chinese(Traditional) Dictionary > understatement

  • 3 understatement

    n.少报,少计

    English-Chinese dictionary of mining (英汉矿业大词典) > understatement

  • 4 understatement

    ['ʌndəsteɪtmənt]
    n; c / u
    轻描淡写的陈述 [qīng miáo dàn xiě de chénshù]

    English-Chinese new dictionary > understatement

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  • understatement — UK US /ˌʌndəˈsteɪtmənt/ noun [C or U] ► a statement that something is much smaller, much less important, or much less serious than it really is: »It s an understatement to say the workers are worried about their futures. with understatement »The… …   Financial and business terms

  • Understatement — is a form of speech in which a lesser expression is used than what would be expected. This is not to be confused with euphemism, where a polite phrase is used in place of a harsher or more offensive expression.Understatement is a staple of humor… …   Wikipedia

  • understatement — [œndœʀstɛtmənt] n. m. ÉTYM. V. 1960; mot angl. (1799), de under « au dessous », et statement « assertion ». ❖ ♦ Anglic. Affirmation en dessous de la vérité; litote. REM. Terme surtout employé par évocation d une forme d humour et de diplomatie… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Understatement — Un der*state ment, n. The act of understating, or the condition of being understated; that which is understated; a statement below the truth. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • understatement — noun conservative estimate, grossly inadequate representation, minimization, misrepresentation, underestimation, undervaluation Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • understatement — 1799, from UNDER (Cf. under) + STATEMENT (Cf. statement). Understated, with ref. to clothing, is recorded from 1957 …   Etymology dictionary

  • understatement — /andersˈte(i)tment, ingl. ˌʌndəˈsteɪtmənt/ [vc. ingl., deriv. di to understate «attenuare, minimizzare»] s. m. inv. attenuazione, minimizzazione □ discrezione, sobrietà CONTR. esagerazione, enfasi, ostentazione …   Sinonimi e Contrari. Terza edizione

  • understatement — n. 1) to make an understatement 2) to go in for understatement 3) (misc.) a masterpiece of understatement; the understatement of the year * * * [ˌʌndə steɪtmənt] the understatement of the year (misc.) a masterpiece of understatement to go in for… …   Combinatory dictionary

  • understatement — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ gross, massive, vast ▪ ‘A little strange’ is a gross understatement. ▪ typical ▪ with typical British understatement …   Collocations dictionary

  • understatement — [[t]ʌ̱ndə(r)steɪtmənt[/t]] understatements 1) N COUNT If you say that a statement is an understatement, you mean that it does not fully express the extent to which something is true. To say I m disappointed is an understatement... He was getting… …   English dictionary

  • Understatement — Untertreibung (engl. Understatement) (der Gegensatz ist Übertreibung) wird oft als Stilmittel eingesetzt. Oft dient eine Litotes der Untertreibung. Auch wird der Begriff Understatement häufig in der Konzeption von Werbung und Marketing benutzt.… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

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