Stylistic Devices | Litotes

What is litotes?

Litotes is a figure of speech consisting of an understatement in which an affirmative is expressed by negating its opposite. For example, instead of saying that someone is mean, you can say he is not very generous.

Examples of litotes

He's not a very generous man.

She is not very beautiful.

He is not the friendliest person I 've met.

Don't be too wicked.

It won't be an easy trip

He is not unaware of his wife's foolishness.

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