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Understatement ImpactPlay
Using 'understate' can soften the blow of bad news or criticism by making it seem less severe. SlideBy saying 'we're a bit behind schedule', the manager understated how late the project really was.
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Subtle UnderstatingPlay
'Understate' is often used in contexts where subtly downplaying facts is strategically important. SlideDuring the negotiations, they understated their eagerness to seal the deal.
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Not Always NegativePlay
Understating can be positive, making compliments or achievements more humble and graceful. SlideHe understated his role in the project, attributing success to the team.