What does belittle mean?

Definitions for belittlebɪˈlɪt l

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word belittle.

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.

  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.]


  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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Mark Twain:

    Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions…

  2. Sue Scheff:

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

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Douglas Feith:

    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.

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