Definition of belittle in English:

belittle

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • Dismiss (someone or something) as unimportant:

    ‘she belittled Amy's riding skills whenever she could’
    ‘his cruel, belittling remarks’
    • ‘Worse, mom constantly ridiculed Betty, belittling her long nose and unkempt manner of dress.’
    • ‘Without belittling the importance of media research, it's time that the rule of the real governed policy as well.’
    • ‘He gets off to a bad start by belittling the category and the nominees.’
    • ‘He was someone else entirely; he sneered at me, belittled me and found every excuse to tear apart anything I liked.’
    • ‘Do you actually feel more manly or powerful after belittling a fellow human?’
    • ‘If you belittle their opinions or dismiss their problems, they'll stop talking to you.’
    • ‘I am also provoked to wonder about the moral framework of someone who belittles his friends in public.’
    • ‘I'm just not in the mood for that snide voice belittling me, yet.’
    • ‘I think she felt it was belittling her loss so I got stuck in and several letters later we got a result.’
    • ‘Her father bullies and belittles her - which may be why she takes a liking to Peter.’
    • ‘She constantly criticizes and belittles the husband in screaming tones.’
    • ‘He does not dismiss or belittle the gifts and talents that his Creator endowed to him.’
    • ‘When he spoke of a sign of personal virtue, he seemed to be belittling the importance of conservation.’
    • ‘I have learnt never to underestimate the worth of young people, nor to ridicule or belittle them.’
    • ‘There is no point in ignoring our history or belittling our heritage.’
    • ‘How sad to hear commentators belittling the march.’
    • ‘My purpose here is not to qualify my message by belittling science.’
    • ‘In ignorance, they seek to belittle it and minimise its importance to the individual.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘His wife, Lori, belittles his obsession and ridicules his dreams.’
    disparage, denigrate, run down, deprecate, depreciate, downgrade, play down, trivialize, minimize, make light of, treat lightly, undervalue, underrate, underestimate
    scoff at, sneer at, laugh at, laugh off, mock, ridicule, deride, dismiss, scorn, pour scorn on, cast aspersions on, discredit, vilify, defame, decry, criticize, condemn, censure, abuse, malign, revile
    slur
    do down, do a hatchet job on, take to pieces, pull apart, pick holes in, drag through the mud, have a go at, hit out at, knock, slam, pan, bash, bad-mouth, pooh-pooh, look down one's nose at
    rubbish, slate, slag off
    hold cheap
    asperse, derogate, misprize, minify
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Pronunciation:

belittle

/bɪˈlɪt(ə)l/