Her expression is demure, but there’s more than a hint of beauty.

What is it intended to convey? Is she beautiful, or not so beautiful?

Any help would be appreciated.

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    She's fairly, quite beautiful. macmillandictionary.com: more than a hint of something (=a lot of something): The profession welcomed the recommendations with more than a hint of relief. It's nearly always used as a form of "deliberate understatement". May 14, 2018 at 12:39
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    @FumbleFingers, but what does the example mean?
    – Math
    May 14, 2018 at 12:44
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    It means what I said. She's fairly beautiful. But beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so one mans "somewhat" beautiful could be another man's stunningly beautiful. All we can be sure of is she's definitely not "plain" or "ugly" in the writer's opinion. May 14, 2018 at 12:51
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    @FumbleFingers, it’s very kind of you to give such a detailed comment. But I’m sorry that I didn’t mean benny’s example, I actually meant your example which I didn’t quiet understand.
    – Math
    May 14, 2018 at 12:55
  • Have a look at What is the difference between “some” and “little”, and note particularly that understatement is very common in English. So if I say I can speak a little French, for example, you should probably assume I can hold a conversation in French perfectly well, not that I just know how to order a couple of beers in a bar. May 14, 2018 at 13:00

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It is stating the subject is beautiful. The look on her face is shy or reserved, but her features are attractive.

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