Litotes : Figure of Speech

Litotes : Figure of Speech :

The use of a negative before some other word to indicate a strong affirmative in the opposite direction

He is no dullard (= decidedly clever).
A citizen of no mean (a distinguished) city
She fables not (= speaks the truth). (Milton)

By this figure such words as infamous, unprofessional, unchristian, etc., all of which have merely negative prefixes, are used in a strongly affirmative sense.

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