Determine the device used in the following lines from “The Emperor’s New Clothes.”
“Here it is your Highness, the result of our labor,” the scoundrels said. “We have worked night and day but, at last, the most beautiful fabric in the world is ready for you. Look at the colors and feel how fine it is.”
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That one is very hard....
An oxymoron is when you say something that contradicts the meaning of something else like saying "A giant midget". I don't really see anything that is contradictory in that sample.
Malapropism is saying one thing that sounds like the word you want to use, but is spelled differently, so, for example: "Let us precede." would really be "Let us proceed.", unless you can pick any malapropism out of the sample, I can't find anything.
Verbal Irony is using words to give a meaning that is different than the literal meaning of it. So, basically, what is said is opposite of what is meant. Based off of the fact that they are "scoundrels" (a dishonorable person, like a villain.) I would guess that this is the correct answer.
An understatement, well, that one is self explanatory. There seems to be nothing implying an understatement.
So I would say you're best bet is Verbal Irony.