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Hi guys :) I'm so confused about the word "understatement". I've looked out that word in a dictionary and it means sorta like "underestimate", but I'm kinda confused when I have to put it in a sentence. Such as when people say "Saying that we're proud of them would be an understatement". It seems like my brain can't process that sentence. So do you mind explaining me what "understatement" is and give me some example?
Thank you :) xx
"Understatement" is to minimize something. This is usually done on purpose. Like when you see a very attractive woman and say "she's not too bad looking."
Or when you have a flood and you comment "it looks like it rained a bit."
The sentence about being proud is stating that they are so proud that to say they are proud would be to understate it.
Thank you so much :D
xoleoni97, clicking on the 'Thank' button can obviate the need for a new post saying 'Thank you', such is one of the many unwritten rules on this forum.
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