understatement - definition and synonyms

noun 

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/ˈʌndə(r)ˌsteɪtmənt/
singularunderstatement
pluralunderstatements
  1. [countable] a statement that makes something seem less important, serious, big etc than it really is

    To say that Jordan is a good player is an understatement.

    1. a.
      [uncountable] the practice of using an understatement to talk about something

      With characteristic understatement she said, ‘We did all right.’