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Synonyms for litotes

understatement for rhetorical effect (especially when expressing an affirmative by negating its contrary)

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Despite the acknowledgments on how diverse cultures enhance Canadian society, the guide places English and French on a higher semantic level than other languages, as seen in the litotes that present fluency on French and English as bilingualism, leaving any other language as belonging to other cultural groups.
When Jonathan Swift sardonically wrote, "Last week I saw a woman flayed, and you will hardly believe how much it altered her appearance," be was taking advantage of the power of litotes, a deliberate understatement that helps make a point.
The modesty in order to produce a certain acceptation and friends, but figured as having a boomerang effect (a litotes for him a hyperbole for others and, in fact, hyperbole for him), and the choice to sacrifice, making the kitchen of exile, because this side was one of niche.
She also employs litotes in the phrase "only genius, wit, and taste"--which, following the multiple clauses and phrases describing abridgers (of which Austen herself was one) and anthologizers, is all the more noticeable for its brevity.
2) Oppen and Gluck poeticize prayer under the sign of litotes, or understatement, and Wright does so, like Hopkins, with rhetorical opulence; if their poems restrain trope and anthropomorphism, his abound with extravagant, almost baroque figurations of landscape, affect, and an absent God; if theirs approximate silent or mental prayer, subduing verbal music, his are written in strongly cadenced lines rich with sonic patterning.
There are also innumerable speech acts: hyperbole, litotes, antinomy.
His elaborate declaration ends on a line which is plainly indebted to the understated "heroic irony" of the litotes so prevalent in Beowulf (Chickering, Beowulf 10).
The exposition ends on the sarcastic litotes of "something might happen.
The linguistic aesthetics of apophaticism dictate the litotes of expression.
That litotes could be expressed more directly as follows: human acts in the world constitute the way the person approaches the eschatological end.
And, he added, employing the literary device your English teacher knew as litotes, "[O]f course, it didn't have to be this convoluted
44) Integerrime and nec sine magna dignatione, an emphatic combination of a superlative adverb and a litotes, then leave the reader in no doubt as to Suetonius' positive assessment of Vespasian's governorship as a whole.
The A-Z of classical tropes, from alliteration, through litotes to zeugma is of little real use when studying texts these days.