[lahy-tuh-teez, lit-uh-, lahy-toh-teez] /ˈlaɪ təˌtiz, ˈlɪt ə-, laɪˈtoʊ tiz/
noun, plural litotes. Rhetoric.
understatement, especially that in which an affirmative is expressed by the negative of its contrary, as in “not bad at all.”.
noun (pl) -tes
understatement for rhetorical effect, esp when achieved by using negation with a term in place of using an antonym of that term, as in “She was not a little upset” for “She was extremely upset.”
rhetorical figure in which an affirmative is expressed by the negative of its opposite, from Greek litotes, literally “plainness, simplicity,” from litos “smooth, plain, small, meager,” from PIE root *(s)lei- “slimy, sticky, slippery” (hence “smooth”); see slime (n.).
[lee-ter] /ˈli tər/ noun, Chiefly British. 1. . [lee-ter] /ˈli tər/ noun 1. a unit of capacity redefined in 1964 by a reduction of 28 parts in a million to be exactly equal to one cubic decimeter. It is equivalent to 1.0567 U.S. liquid quarts and is equal to the volume of one kilogram of […]
[lit] /lɪt/ noun 1. . [lit] /lɪt/ noun, Informal. 1. literature: a college course in English lit. /lɪt/ verb 1. a past tense and past participle of light1 2. an alternative past tense and past participle of light2 adj. from past participle of light (v.2). Slang meaning “drunk” is recorded from 1914. n. “color, hue, […]
abbreviation 1. Bachelor of Letters or Bachelor of Literature Latin Litterarum Baccalaureus (Bachelor of Letters, Bachelor of Literature)