minimize, belittle, denigrate, derogate(verb)
cause to seem less serious; play down
"Don't belittle his influence"
disparage, belittle, pick at(verb)
express a negative opinion of
"She disparaged her student's efforts"
lessen the authority, dignity, or reputation of
"don't belittle your colleagues"
To knowingly say that something is smaller or less important than it actually is.
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."
to make little or less in a moral sense; to speak of in a depreciatory or contemptuous way
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
be-lit′l, v.t. to make small: to cause to appear small, to depreciate or disparage.—n. Belit′tlement.—adj. Belit′tling. [Pfx. be-, and Little.]
The numerical value of belittle in Chaldean Numerology is: 9
The numerical value of belittle in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions…
Don't discuss yourself, for you are bound to lose if you belittle yourself, you are believed if you praise yourself, you are disbelieved.
Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.
The Obama administration has tended to downplay, to belittle, the ideological importance of the problem, you can't explain away the terrorism problem as a matter of economic and political frustration.
You'll often meet people who will try to belittle you. You mustn't get discouraged by their derogatory demeanor. The higher you soar, the smaller you'll always appear to those who cannot fly. You keep your spirits high, and continue to soar high in the sky; no matter what others say or do.
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- bagatelizovat, shazovatCzech
- klein reden, verniedlichen, herunterspielen, schmälern, herabsetzenGerman
- նվազեցնել, պակասեցնելArmenian
- lekceważyć, zmniejszać, pomniejszać, umniejszać, bagatelizowaćPolish
- занижать, недооценивать, преуменьшать, принижать, умалятьRussian
- maliitin, maliitTagalog
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