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noun (plural: ~)
  1. A figure of speech in which the speaker emphasizes the magnitude of a statement by denying its opposite; a figure of speech in which understatement is used with negation to express a positive attribute; a form of irony
    • She's not the nicest person I know (to indicate meanness)
    • He's not exactly a rocket scientist (to indicate lack of intelligence)
    • Organizing these records is no small task (to indicate difficulty)
     

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