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What Is an Understatement?
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Which one may NOT the purpose of an understatement?
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Hello. This is Heather Kamins for About.com, and today I'm here to explain what an understatement is.An understatement is a figure of speech that intentionally underplays the thing you're talking about. For example, if there's a severe rainstorm outside, and you say, it's a little bit damp - that's an understatement. You're really downplaying what's actually happening.Understatement is one form of irony, where the words that you're using, their literal meaning is the opposite of what you're trying to convey. A contrasting form of speech would be hyperbole, which exaggerates or plays up what you're talking about. So if you're having a busy day and wanted to describe it with a hyperbole, you could say I have a million things to do. That's an exaggeration.Understatement can have a humorous effect. For example, if you have a really big dog, and if you refer to it as a little puppy or you name it Tiny. Understatement can also be used to be polite or modest. For example, if you're with a friend and they're trying on an outfit that really doesn't look very good, instead of saying oh! that looks awful - and you actually think it does - then you could say, oh, that looks a little bit snug, or, that color looks a little bit bright on you. If you and a friend both took a test and you know that he didn't do as well as you, when he asks how you did on the test, you can say, oh, I did okay - even though you know you actually did really well.Thanks for watching. To learn more, visit us on the web at About.com.
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