Is there a word that reflects the opposite of hyperbole (since "hypobole" is sadly not a real word)?

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  • Thanks, Clare! Already did that and couldn't get a good answer. – teepee Jun 2 '17 at 19:57
  • also, checkout 'litotes' – Mitch Jun 2 '17 at 20:48
  • I dont see where you "Be sure to mention the research you've done and what you're still hoping to learn." – Arm the good guys in America Jun 2 '17 at 23:17
  • Given that the inverse of a hyperbola is also a hyperbola, it would seem to follow that the opposite of hyperbole is also hyperbole. – Sven Yargs Jun 2 '17 at 23:37

I would suggest:

understated from Oxford Living Dictionaries ADJECTIVE

Presented or expressed in a subtle and effective way.

‘It has that rare and refreshing eloquence of the understated.’

‘Subtlety is the foremost element in this suavely written and understated novel.’

‘His understated comedy, often just a subtle facial expression, was deeply funny to millions.’

as a noun you can say "understatement"

understatement from Oxford Living Dictionaries NOUN

The presentation of something as being smaller or less good or important than it really is.

‘a master of English understatement’

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    Understatement works then – Tom22 Jun 2 '17 at 19:30

I'm not sure if the style would match, but 'Spin' might be appropriate, as in 'using understatement and refocus to minimize the importance of something critical or disastrous'.

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