According to Ad Herennium 4.38.50 "deminutio"
(diminutio) is the lessening of one's accomplishments
as a form of modesty (pudica) in a text or speech in
order to gain the admiration of the audience. This
rhetorical form (figure of ethos)was one of two key
types used by speakers or authors (the other being
anamnesis) to establish authority with the audience.
This is very different from a mere deliberate
understatement by disproportionate characterization as
a lesser nature or kind, which, in rhetoric is
"meiosis". The opposite of this latter form is
overstatement or "hyperbole".
> > Litotes is a rhetorical device of understatement
> used in some languages
> > in which a positive statement is intended by
> stating the opposite of
> > its negative, for example, saying "not many" for
> the meaning "a few".
> > Therefore my examples are valid.
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