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This article is part of the Figures of Speech course. You may choose to follow it in a structured way, or read each item separately.

Meiosis (pronounced 'my-OH-sis') is the opposite of hyperbole, or exaggeration. Meiosis is a more academic word for what is commonly called understatement. It is a common British form of modesty, as when the student who has just been awarded a First tells her proud parents, "I didn't do too badly".