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Definition a statement that makes something seem less important or extreme than it is
  • This was a painful understatement.
    Bella Forrest  --  A Shade of Vampire
  • To say everyone had a merry time that day was an understatement.
    Li Cunxin  --  Mao's Last Dancer
  • Understatement of the year.
    Lauren Oliver  --  Before I Fall
  • That's an understatement.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Son of Neptune
  • An understatement, if ever there was one.
    Judy Blume  --  In the Unlikely Event
  • "I think that's an understatement," Mack chuckled.
    William P. Young  --  The Shack
  • Emptiness and boredom: what an understatement.
    Susanna Kaysen  --  Girl Interrupted
  • A few minutes after entering Langa, we stopped in front of an understated white home in the middle of Mshumpela Street.
    Wes Moore  --  The Other Wes Moore
  • That's an understatement.
    Lois Lowry  --  The Giver
  • Its bell was quiet, the understated sound lending an eerie emphasis.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • She was wearing an understated floral hat, in a pastel color, that contrasted with the white of her hair.
    Laura Esquivel  --  Like Water for Chocolate
  • Finally we hit bottom with an understated wh00000m.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Throne of Fire
  • Since we've Dumpster-dived for lunch on many occasions, this was an understatement.
    James Patterson  --  The Angel Experiment
  • That was the understatement of the century—when the alcohol encounters my face, I jerk back with a yelp.
    Sara Gruen  --  Water for Elephants
  • This was an understatement.
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
  • LINDNER (With understated relief) Thank you.
    Lorraine Hansberry  --  A Raisin in the Sun
  • She is tanned, her lips an understated orangey-pink.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat's Eye
  • Saying I was nervous was a gross understatement.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Selection
  • C. J. was understating the gravity of the situation.
    Richard Preston  --  The Hot Zone
  • Though she knew it was an understatement worthy of someone with Pete Gandy's intelligence, what else was she supposed to say?
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Guardian

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