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Summing up all those answers and comments: it's clearly an inverted hyperbolic simile.


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This type of ironic understatement is known as litotes. Google defines litotes as: Ironical understatement in which an affirmative is expressed by the negative of its contrary (e.g., you won't be sorry, meaning you'll be glad ).


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I'd say sarcasm but if I had to use a more embellished term then I'd opt for: ironic simile. The friend is comparing the weight of the printer to that of an elephant, which is a simile. Then he makes an understatement about how much less the printer weighs compared to an elephant. Well, it is not quite as heavy as that We know perfectly well that a ...


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Yes, your friend used hyperbole: Hyperbole, derived from a Greek word meaning “over-casting” is a figure of speech, which involves an exaggeration of ideas for the sake of emphasis. It is a device that we employ in our day-to-day speech. ...[H]yperbole is an unreal exaggeration to emphasize the real situation. Examples: Your suitcase weighs a ...


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Sounds like understatement the act or an instance of stating something in restrained terms, or as less than it is [Collins] The formal name is meiosis a euphemistic figure of speech that intentionally understates something or implies that it is lesser in significance or size than it really is [Wikipedia] Because it employs a negative, it might be ...



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