how to pronounce understatement


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understatement is pronounced in four syllables

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An example use of understatement in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… i learned this understatement from the …”

meanings of understatement


  1. A figure of speech whereby something is made to seem smaller or less important than it actually is, either through phrasing or lack of emphasis, often for ironic effect; meiosis.
  2. An incomplete disclosure that intentionally withholds relevant information.
  3. An instance of such phrasing or lack of emphasis.
  4. An incomplete statement.

understatement frequency in english - C2 level of CEFR

the word understatement occurs in english on average 5.2 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics understatement can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that understatement can be often used in the following areas:

1) communication, information, and media;

words with pronunciation similar to understatement


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