Antenantiosis  (an’-ten-an’-ti-os’-is): See litotes. (Deliberate understatement, especially when expressing a thought by denying its opposite. The Ad Herennium author suggests litotes as a means of expressing modesty [downplaying one’s accomplishments] in order to gain the audience’s favor [establishing ethos]).

I don’t deserve this award–really–I bribed the judges. But the judge was not totally corrupt–he needed the money to his not so small medical bills. Its not like my admission ruins the entire competition. I’ve seen worse–my behavior’s not too bad, but it could be better.

Will I be arrested, or can I just give back the award and we forget about it? If you arrest me, I’ll let them you’re not exactly the most perfect person in this world, or any other world for that matter! You know what I mean Mr. My-Hands-Are-Clean.


Definition courtesy of “Silva Rhetoricae” (

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