Definition of belittle in English:

belittle

verb

[with object]
  • Dismiss (someone or something) as unimportant.

    ‘she belittled Amy's riding skills whenever she could’
    • ‘He does not dismiss or belittle the gifts and talents that his Creator endowed to him.’
    • ‘His wife, Lori, belittles his obsession and ridicules his dreams.’
    • ‘There is no point in ignoring our history or belittling our heritage.’
    • ‘She constantly criticizes and belittles the husband in screaming tones.’
    • ‘I am also provoked to wonder about the moral framework of someone who belittles his friends in public.’
    • ‘In ignorance, they seek to belittle it and minimise its importance to the individual.’
    • ‘I'm just not in the mood for that snide voice belittling me, yet.’
    • ‘How sad to hear commentators belittling the march.’
    • ‘Without belittling the importance of media research, it's time that the rule of the real governed policy as well.’
    • ‘When he spoke of a sign of personal virtue, he seemed to be belittling the importance of conservation.’
    • ‘Worse, mom constantly ridiculed Betty, belittling her long nose and unkempt manner of dress.’
    • ‘If you belittle their opinions or dismiss their problems, they'll stop talking to you.’
    • ‘I think she felt it was belittling her loss so I got stuck in and several letters later we got a result.’
    • ‘Do you actually feel more manly or powerful after belittling a fellow human?’
    • ‘I have learnt never to underestimate the worth of young people, nor to ridicule or belittle them.’
    • ‘Her father bullies and belittles her - which may be why she takes a liking to Peter.’
    • ‘He was someone else entirely; he sneered at me, belittled me and found every excuse to tear apart anything I liked.’
    • ‘My purpose here is not to qualify my message by belittling science.’
    • ‘I know I make fun of it all the time but this is not to be mistaken for belittling the courage of all those who participate.’
    • ‘He gets off to a bad start by belittling the category and the nominees.’
    disparage, denigrate, run down, deprecate, depreciate, downgrade, play down, trivialize, minimize, make light of, treat lightly, undervalue, underrate, underestimate
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Origin

Late 18th century: from be- + little; a coinage of Thomas Jefferson originally meaning ‘diminish in size, make small’.

Pronunciation

belittle

/bɪˈlɪt(ə)l/