Definition Of understating
describe or represent (something) as being smaller, worse, or less important than it actually is.
the press has understated the extent of the problem
Example Of understating
Commentators who say that the political landscape changed dramatically in the past year are grossly understating the true state of affairs.
Even so, he's not one for understating his ambitions, once again setting out his goal to create a ‘world-class business’.
I've used these kinds of distancing techniques myself - writers often do when they want to highlight the horror of a situation by understating the actual details.
If anything that is rather understating the case - I have been overwhelmed by what I have seen and heard.
No, that would be grossly understating the hopelessness of his present situation.