Example of a understatement?
An understatement is something that is phrased in a way that downplays the reality of the situation. An example of an understatement would be saying that Hitler was not the best person or that Nelson Mandela was somewhat influential in South Africa.
When the understatement is obvious to the reader/audience, it is funny and satirical. Example: The Mike's Hard Lemonade commercial where the construction worker gets a piece of re-bar impaled through his body, and the foreman says something like, "Wow, that's gotta smart a little, huh?" Obvious understatement.
"Overstatement" basically means to exaggerate something, or say that something is greater than it actually is; give something too much credit. Understatement is the opposite; not giving enough credit. Example of understatement: "He performed okay." when talking about someone who performed excellently, hence the usual response "That's an understatement!" Example of overstatement: "He is an incredible artist." when talking about someone who is an average artist at best, hence the usual, yet rude response "That's…
To say that the Nazis killed several thousand Jews is a huge understatement. His admission that he had some troubles as a teen was a vast understatement, as he was twice questioned concerning gang killings. An understatement is explaining something in simple or trivial terms when, in fact, the idea being explained is complex. To say it's cold outside today, is an understatement.
One example of understatement in Barry's essay is when he states that men are scum when it comes to helping in the kitchen. Barry intends to be funny, but there is some truth to his statement, as stereotypes still exist between the sexes. Turkeys were being cooked when Barry devised his commentary and are used ironically in the title as a humorous jab at men.
No. An understatement is litotes, a statement which minimizes what it is talking about. "The United States has some debt problems" is an understatement because the United States has a huge debt problem. "Robert Wadlow was a bit taller than the average" is an understatement because he was the tallest man ever. An incomplete expression is one which is not finished. "Oh, for--! Give me that!" includes an incomplete expression.
Fire and Ice by Robert Frost Some say the world will end in fire, Some say in ice. From what I've tasted of desire I hold with those who favor fire. But if it had to perish twice, I think I know enough of hate To say that for destruction ice Is also great And would suffice. That is the understatement because ice can cause more destruction than that.