|About Us | What's New | Search | Site Map | Contact Us|
You are not logged in. [Log In] Wordsmith.org » Forums » (Old) Weekly themes. (have been consolidated into a single forum above) » English as a global language » litotes Register User Forum List Calendar Active Topics Search FAQ
#127349 - 04/13/04 02:59 PM litotes
Maybe I'm not the only one who keeps forgetting this.
Date: Sat Sep 25 00:01:37 EDT 1999
litotes (LI-tuh-teez, LIT-, li-TOH-teez) noun, plural litotes
A figure of speech consisting of an understatement in which an
affirmative is expressed by negating its opposite, as in This is
no small problem.
[Greek litotes, from litos, plain.]
#127350 - 06/14/04 04:34 PM litotes
Loc: Worcester, MA
...the word I keep looking for and forgetting - an "opposite" of hyperbole, as it were. Which is no great problem, but is a recurring minor aggravation...
#127351 - 06/15/04 05:53 AM Re: litotes
I can barely remember any of those rhetorical figure terms. I wish I knew a good source for looking them up from meaning. The Forest is good but I never seem to be able to work with their categories or they end up being at odds with other sources.
#127352 - 06/15/04 10:22 AM Re: litotes
Loc: this too shall pass
here's a short list (of 45) of the more useful(?) terms, which has the benefit of being searchable.
#127353 - 06/15/04 12:11 PM Re: short list
Wall, that's fine if you know the word and want to know what it means. It's when you know what it means, but don't know the word that's got me bumfuzzled.
#127354 - 06/15/04 01:31 PM Re: short list
Loc: this too shall pass
which is why I mentioned the searchable (i.e., via a page find) aspect, if you use some key words.
Forum Stats 8829 Members
Max Online: 3341 @ 12/09/11 02:15 PM
Newest Members ggia, dcfhnjrth, Angela, vishuma1954, Akella80
8829 Registered Users
Who's Online 0 registered (), 49 Guests and 4 Spiders online. Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Top Posters (30 Days)
LukeJavan8 64 endymion6 44 wofahulicodoc 43 Cowboy_Monkey 10 A C Bowden 7 Tromboniator 4 BranShea 1 tsuwm 1 May 1 T_V 1
wwh 13858 Faldage 13803 Jackie 11613 tsuwm 10528 LukeJavan8 7257 Buffalo Shrdlu 7210 AnnaStrophic 6511 Wordwind 6296 wofahulicodoc 5609 of troy 5400
Board Rules · Mark all read Contact Us · Wordsmith.org · Top
Disclaimer: Wordsmith.org is not responsible for views expressed on this site. Use of this forum is at your own risk and liability - you agree to hold Wordsmith.org and its associates harmless as a condition of using it.
Home | Today's Word | Yesterday's Word | Subscribe | FAQ | Archives | Search | Feedback
Wordsmith Talk | Wordsmith Chat
© 2014 Wordsmith