Definition of belittle in English:

belittle

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • Make (someone or something) seem unimportant.

    ‘this is not to belittle his role’
    ‘she felt belittled’
    • ‘I'm just not in the mood for that snide voice belittling me, yet.’
    • ‘Without belittling the importance of media research, it's time that the rule of the real governed policy as well.’
    • ‘In ignorance, they seek to belittle it and minimise its importance to the individual.’
    • ‘I think she felt it was belittling her loss so I got stuck in and several letters later we got a result.’
    • ‘How sad to hear commentators belittling the march.’
    • ‘I have learnt never to underestimate the worth of young people, nor to ridicule or belittle them.’
    • ‘His wife, Lori, belittles his obsession and ridicules his dreams.’
    • ‘Do you actually feel more manly or powerful after belittling a fellow human?’
    • ‘He was someone else entirely; he sneered at me, belittled me and found every excuse to tear apart anything I liked.’
    • ‘He does not dismiss or belittle the gifts and talents that his Creator endowed to him.’
    • ‘If you belittle their opinions or dismiss their problems, they'll stop talking to you.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I am also provoked to wonder about the moral framework of someone who belittles his friends in public.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He gets off to a bad start by belittling the category and the nominees.’
    • ‘There is no point in ignoring our history or belittling our heritage.’
    • ‘She constantly criticizes and belittles the husband in screaming tones.’
    • ‘My purpose here is not to qualify my message by belittling science.’
    • ‘Her father bullies and belittles her - which may be why she takes a liking to Peter.’
    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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Origin

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.

Pronunciation:

belittle

/bəˈlidl/