What does belittle mean?

Definitions for belittle
bɪˈlɪt lbe·lit·tle

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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

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Belittle

    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.]

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How to say belittle in sign language?

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of belittle in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of belittle in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of belittle in a Sentence

  1. Sue Scheff:

    Just because someone has a position of authority doesn't mean they're entitled to belittle and shame others online.

  2. Michel de Montaigne:

    Don't discuss yourself, for you are bound to lose if you belittle yourself, you are believed if you praise yourself, you are disbelieved.

  3. Mark Twain:

    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.

  4. Ellen Dorsey:

    They have a smart strategy around building power with the audacity of their vision, critics belittle them and question their authenticity but they are brave and are doubling down.

  5. Gail Ernst:

    I continued to make sacrifices and not soar higher out of concern for Gail and our family, meanwhile, he hated any success I had, and would belittle me and get angry any time I achieved a goal.

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