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.’
    • ‘She constantly criticizes and belittles the husband in screaming tones.’
    • ‘I think she felt it was belittling her loss so I got stuck in and several letters later we got a result.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I am also provoked to wonder about the moral framework of someone who belittles his friends in public.’
    • ‘He does not dismiss or belittle the gifts and talents that his Creator endowed to him.’
    • ‘He gets off to a bad start by belittling the category and the nominees.’
    • ‘Her father bullies and belittles her - which may be why she takes a liking to Peter.’
    • ‘Without belittling the importance of media research, it's time that the rule of the real governed policy as well.’
    • ‘There is no point in ignoring our history or belittling our heritage.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘His wife, Lori, belittles his obsession and ridicules his dreams.’
    • ‘How sad to hear commentators belittling the march.’
    • ‘If you belittle their opinions or dismiss their problems, they'll stop talking to you.’
    • ‘In ignorance, they seek to belittle it and minimise its importance to the individual.’
    • ‘Worse, mom constantly ridiculed Betty, belittling her long nose and unkempt manner of dress.’
    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

/bəˈlɪdl//bəˈlidl/