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 disheartening some people are trying to make light of a serious situation.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This is the second time Mr Howard has made light of such an incident.’
    • ‘Companies that make light of elders are finding a consumer force to reckon with.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It is an incredibly traumatic experience that should be seriously treated and never made light of.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He who neglects this should not be surprised if his students make light of him.’
    • ‘I mean, really, I don't think it fits your style to make light of terrorism and war like that.’
    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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