Definition of make light of in US English:

make light of


  • Treat as unimportant.

    ‘I didn't mean to make light of your problems’
    • ‘It is an incredibly traumatic experience that should be seriously treated and never made light of.’
    • ‘This is the second time Mr Howard has made light of such an incident.’
    • ‘I mean, really, I don't think it fits your style to make light of terrorism and war like that.’
    • ‘He who neglects this should not be surprised if his students make light of him.’
    • ‘To make light of the threat posed by these determined fanatics - as some in Britain are now trying to do - is self-delusional at best and suicidal at worst.’
    • ‘Armour made light of subjects like history and literature with mild satire characterized by ridiculous over-use of foot-notes, which were often even funnier than the text.’
    • ‘It is disheartening some people are trying to make light of a serious situation.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, the subtlety, range and freshness of her work has too often been ignorantly made light of.’
    • ‘The company withdrew an ad after an advocacy group charged that it made light of sex abuse.’
    • ‘Companies that make light of elders are finding a consumer force to reckon with.’
    play down, downplay, understate, underrate, rate too low, not do justice to, do an injustice to, underplay, de-emphasize, underemphasize, trivialize, minimize, diminish, downgrade, reduce, lessen, brush aside, gloss over, shrug off
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