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Which of the Following Statements is Not an Example of Litotes? - English Language

MCQ

Following questions are based on the various Figures of Speech.

Which of the following statements is not an example of Litotes?

Options

  • I am a citizen of no mean city.

  • Is life worth living? -It depends upon the liver.

  • Why, man, if the river were dry, I am able to fill it with tears.

  • He had his jest, and they had his estate.

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Solution

I am a citizen of no mean city.

Explanation:

Litotes is a form of verbal irony in which understatement is used to emphasize a point by stating a negative to further affirm a positive, often incorporating double negatives for effect. It is the opposite of hyperbole.  The statement is an example of Litotes. It tries to say that ‘I am a citizen of a very celebrated city.’ 'Is life worth living? -It depends upon the liver.' the statement is an example of pun. 'Why, man, if the river were dry, I am able to fill it with tears' the statement is an example of hyperbole.  'He had his jest, and they had his estate. ' the statement is an example of antithesis.

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