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What is meiosis?

 

Definition
 

Meiosis is the minimization of the importance of a referent by the use of an expression that is disproportionate to it.

Example (English)
 
  • Referring to a generous gift as a small token of esteem
  • Generic
      Meiosis is a kind of
     
    Sources
     

    Corbett 1971 488

     

    Gove 1966 1405


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