Example of an understatement?
Bill Gates is financially secure. Or maybe, Marilyn Monroe was cute.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What is the technical term for understatement given that hyperbole is the technical term for overstatement?
== == Overstatement (hyperbole): an exaggeration in order to emphasize a certain truth. Understatement: stating less than one means or implies. refers to a figure of speech that says less than is intended. Understatement usually has an ironic effect, and sometimes may be used for comic purposes. Technical term for understatement - Meiosis is a euphemistic figure of speech that intentionally understates something or implies that it is lesser in significance or size than it…