Definitions for belittlebɪˈlɪt l

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

be•lit•tlebɪˈlɪt l(v.t.)-tled, -tling.

  1. to regard or portray as less impressive or important than appearances indicate; disparage.

Origin of belittle:

1775–85, Amer.

be•lit′tler(n.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. minimize, belittle, denigrate, derogate(verb)

    cause to seem less serious; play down

    "Don't belittle his influence"

  2. disparage, belittle, pick at(verb)

    express a negative opinion of

    "She disparaged her student's efforts"

  3. diminish, belittle(verb)

    lessen the authority, dignity, or reputation of

    "don't belittle your colleagues"

Wiktionary

  1. belittle(Verb)

    To knowingly say that something is smaller or less important than it actually is.

  2. Origin: From . Coined by Thomas Jefferson in 1782 in "Notes on the State of Virginia": "So far the Count de Buffon has carried this new theory of the tendency of nature to belittle her productions on this side the Atlantic."

Webster Dictionary

  1. Belittle(verb)

    to make little or less in a moral sense; to speak of in a depreciatory or contemptuous way


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

belittle(verb)

to make to seem unimportant (usually by harsh criticism)

She belittled his achievements.

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