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Make (someone or something) seem unimportant.‘this is not to belittle his role’‘she felt belittled’
disparage, denigrate, run down, deprecate, depreciate, downgrade, play down, trivialize, minimize, make light of, treat lightly, undervalue, underrate, underestimatescoff 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, revileslurdo 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 atrubbish, slate, slag offhold cheapasperse, derogate, misprize, minifyView synonyms
- ‘How sad to hear commentators belittling the march.’
- ‘I'm just not in the mood for that snide voice belittling me, yet.’
- ‘I am also provoked to wonder about the moral framework of someone who belittles his friends in public.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘His wife, Lori, belittles his obsession and ridicules his dreams.’
- ‘Worse, mom constantly ridiculed Betty, belittling her long nose and unkempt manner of dress.’
- ‘I think she felt it was belittling her loss so I got stuck in and several letters later we got a result.’
- ‘He was someone else entirely; he sneered at me, belittled me and found every excuse to tear apart anything I liked.’
- ‘If you belittle their opinions or dismiss their problems, they'll stop talking to you.’
- ‘There is no point in ignoring our history or belittling our heritage.’
- ‘I have learnt never to underestimate the worth of young people, nor to ridicule or belittle them.’
- ‘In ignorance, they seek to belittle it and minimise its importance to the individual.’
- ‘He does not dismiss or belittle the gifts and talents that his Creator endowed to him.’
- ‘Without belittling the importance of media research, it's time that the rule of the real governed policy as well.’
- ‘My purpose here is not to qualify my message by belittling science.’
- ‘Do you actually feel more manly or powerful after belittling a fellow human?’
- ‘She constantly criticizes and belittles the husband in screaming tones.’
- ‘Her father bullies and belittles her - which may be why she takes a liking to Peter.’
- ‘When he spoke of a sign of personal virtue, he seemed to be belittling the importance of conservation.’
Late 18th century: a coinage of Thomas Jefferson originally meaning diminish in size, make small; the current sense dates from the very end of the 18th century.
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