Litotes

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Literary/ Cultural Context Note

From the Greek litos meaning ‘small’, the rhetorical use of understatement (diminishing) to imply the opposite. For example, “He was not a little concerned at the loss of his fortune.”

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Citation:
Editors. "Litotes". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 01 November 2001
[http://www.litencyc.com/php/stopics.php?rec=true&UID=668, accessed 18 September 2014.]