Abbaser [George] Puttenham’s English term for tapinosis. Also equivalent to meiosis: reference to something with a name disproportionately lesser than its nature (a kind of litotes: deliberate understatement, especially when expressing a thought by denying its opposite).

This isn’t the Queen Mary, but it floats. It’s not like that rich guy’s million dollar motor scow. He loads it up with beautiful women and rides it around and around the harbor at night with Frankie Ford blasting “Sea Cruise” from the ‘60s on his media player. He almost swamped my “Nemesis” the other night and I almost shot my flare gun at him; a minor offense considering his irresponsible idiocy. Anyway, the Coast Guard will nail him eventually.

Definitions courtesy of “Silva Rhetoricae” ( Bracketed text added by Gorgias.

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