What is a litote? Where did litotes originate?

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Oct 24, 2016

A litote is a way of stating something by using understatement / double negatives; ex: He was not unkind. (Meaning: He was kind.)


As for originated, I'm not sure what you mean by that, but I know they're used very heavily in Beowulf, which is possibly the oldest example of European / Western literature.