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"


  1. belittle(Verb)

    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."

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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  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. 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.

  2. Iris Erlingsdottir:

    Don't belittle yourself or be ashamed of you who you are. That's your husband's job, and he does it so well.

  3. Sue Scheff:

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

  4. Jason Bateman:

    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.

  5. Michael Kelly:

    [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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    a person who pleads for a cause or propounds an idea
    • A. hypostatization
    • B. taper
    • C. collation
    • D. exponent

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