Definition of trivialize in English:


(British trivialise)


[with object]
  • Make (something) seem less important, significant, or complex than it really is.

    ‘the problem was either trivialized or ignored by teachers’
    • ‘Doctors and authorities have attempted to dismiss and trivialise those sorts of health effects, and have said they have nothing to do with the spray, so they are not included in the health statistics.’
    • ‘In a very real sense, presenting an e-book reader as a sort of substitute for a printed book underestimates and trivializes the future.’
    • ‘Such a reading would of course increase the plausibility of the claim that a conscious state's representational properties exhaust its mental properties but at the cost of significantly weakening or even trivializing the thesis.’
    • ‘A characteristic of recent expansionist arguments in the field of copyright has been to minimize or trivialize the public domain.’
    • ‘They truly suffered, especially in 1915, and I am in no way willing to minimize or trivialize that tragedy.’
    • ‘I just think the song trivializes John's death instead of paying homage to a great person.’
    • ‘The risk is in misleading the audience, trivializing the horror, and reducing the madness into something mundane.’
    • ‘I am happy to debate the policy; I am not happy to see such an important debate trivialised by saying that the law defines women as fathers.’
    • ‘When you use a song for a TV commercial, it trivializes the meaning of the song.’
    • ‘I don't mean to trivialize sports and the important role they play in our society.’
    • ‘He could do more good by championing our cause rather than trivializing it.’
    • ‘This trivializes the death of thousands of innocent victims.’
    • ‘Now of course, I don't want to underestimate or trivialise the experience of other people.’
    • ‘In the last two decades, a blast of outrage has been directed at the legal system for ignoring or trivializing complaints of domestic violence.’
    • ‘As a result, the film seems to trivialize important events in Dutch history.’
    • ‘Postmodern thought tends to trivialize this desire, if not ignore it altogether.’
    • ‘In fact, many Christians argue that secular display of the Ten Commandments places them in an improper context and trivializes the important role those teachings play in our lives.’
    • ‘Any book that is written for the public, as this one is, needs to bring across that maturity and complexity of thinking in such a way that it is digestible by nonspecialists, without trivializing the subject.’
    • ‘It is a sadly inverted and trivialized world in which all that is unimportant becomes important and all that is important becomes unimportant.’
    • ‘These governments took a significant political risk to make these statements - don't trivialize it.’
    treat as unimportant, minimize, play down, underplay, make light of, treat lightly, make little of, think little of, laugh off, dismiss, underestimate, undervalue, devalue, belittle, deprecate, scoff at
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