Need another word that means the same as “understatement”? Find 2 synonyms and 30 related words for “understatement” in this overview.
The synonyms of “Understatement” are: minimization, euphemism
Understatement as a Noun
Definitions of "Understatement" as a noun
According to the Oxford Dictionary of English, “understatement” as a noun can have the following definitions:
- A statement that is restrained in ironic contrast to what might have been said.
- The presentation of something as being smaller or less good or important than it really is.
Synonyms of "Understatement" as a noun (2 Words)
|euphemism||An inoffensive or indirect expression that is substituted for one that is considered offensive or too harsh.|
The jargon has given us downsizing as a euphemism for cuts.
|minimization||The representation or estimation of something at less than its true value or importance.|
Despite his minimization of the situation this is not a small outbreak.
Usage Examples of "Understatement" as a noun
- To say I am delighted is an understatement.
- A master of English understatement.
Associations of "Understatement" (30 Words)
|abstemious||Sparing in consumption of especially food and drink.|
Abstemious with the use of adverbs.
|anodyne||A painkilling drug or medicine.|
|appertain||Relate to; concern.|
The institutional arrangements which appertain under the system.
|approach||The final path followed by an aircraft as it is landing.|
The approach of winter.
|ascetic||Pertaining to or characteristic of an ascetic or the practice of rigorous self discipline.|
|clarity||The quality of being certain or definite.|
For the sake of clarity each of these strategies is dealt with separately.
|contained||Gotten under control.|
The oil spill is contained.
|controlled||Not showing emotion; having one’s feelings under control.|
|cool||Make cool or cooler.|
|directness||Trueness of course toward a goal.|
He was renowned for the clarity and directness of his sermons.
|disciplined||Trained mentally or physically by instruction or exercise.|
A disciplined mind.
|dominated||Harassed by persistent nagging.|
|downgrade||A downward gradient on a railway or road.|
Downgrades by debt rating agencies outnumber upgrades by five to one.
|downplay||Make (something) appear less important than it really is.|
This report downplays the seriousness of global warming.
|ease||Of share prices interest rates etc decrease in value or amount.|
He rose through the ranks with apparent ease.
|easiness||Freedom from difficulty or hardship or effort.|
The easiness we feel when sleeping.
His service was better than that offered by the generality of doctors.
|minimize||Represent as less significant or important.|
They may minimize or even overlook the importance of such beliefs.
|mitigate||Make less severe or harsh.|
Drainage schemes have helped to mitigate this problem.
|moderation||A change for the better.|
Coursework may need to be filed separately for the purposes of moderation.
|reduce||Reduce in scope while retaining essential elements.|
The cook reduced the sauce by boiling it for a long time.
|refrain||Stop oneself from doing something.|
She refrained from comment.
|relaxation||The restoration of equilibrium following disturbance.|
The relaxation of requirements.
|remotely||In a remote manner.|
New electronic meters can be read remotely.
The head and chest injuries that even restrained drivers can suffer through impact with the steering wheel.
|simplicity||The quality or condition of being plain or uncomplicated in form or design.|
The grandeur and simplicity of Roman architecture.
|subdued||(of a person or their manner) quiet and rather reflective or depressed.|
A subdued glow came through the curtains.
|temperance||Abstinence from alcoholic drink.|
The temperance movement.
|understate||Represent as less significant or important.|
The press have understated the extent of the problem.
|undervalue||A price below the real value.|
Through overfamiliarity it is easy to undervalue this concerto.