li·to·tes (lītə-tēz′, lĭtə-, lī-tōtēz)
n. pl. litotes
A figure of speech consisting of an understatement in which an affirmative is expressed by negating its opposite, as in This is no small problem.
[Greek lītotēs, from lītos, plain; see lei- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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