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.
Etymology: 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
Examples of belittle in a Sentence
Just because someone has a position of authority doesn't mean they're entitled to belittle and shame others online.
Don't discuss yourself, for you are bound to lose if you belittle yourself, you are believed if you praise yourself, you are disbelieved.
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.
Not to belittle it or excuse it or anything, but in the entertainment industry it is incredibly common to have people who are, in quotes,' difficult,' and when you're in a privileged position to hire people, or have an influence in who does get hired, you make phone calls.
[Trump becoming president] worries the hell out of me because he's displayed this short fuse, if he doesn't like something he's going to yell or he's going to be belittle someone or he's going to make demeaning remarks to different races, to women, to whoever he's disagrees with. Imagine that scenario playing out around the world.
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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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