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Litotes

Litotes is a figure of speech in which the speaker emphasizes the magnitude of a statement by denying its opposite. It is a form of understatement[?].

Examples:

He was not unfamiliar with the works of Dickens.



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... by that of the Hellenic Zeus, and Lycaon himself was afterwards represented as an evil spirit, who had insulted the new deity by setting human flesh before him. Robertson ...