Stylistic Devices – Litotes
form of understatement
Litotes is a form of understatement which uses the denied opposite of a word to weaken or soften a message.
- That's not bad. (instead of: That's good/great.)
- Boats aren't easy to find in the dark. (4) (instead of: Boats are hard/difficult to find in the dark.)
see also: → Understatement
Changed: 10th Dec 2010 19:37