verb \bi-ˈli-təl, bē-\

: to describe (someone or something) as little or unimportant

be·lit·tledbe·lit·tling\-ˈli-təl-iŋ, -ˈlit-liŋ\

Full Definition of BELITTLE

transitive verb
:  to speak slightingly of :  disparage <belittles her efforts>
:  to cause (a person or thing) to seem little or less <a curiosity so vast that it almost belittled the main matter — Mark Twain>
be·lit·tle·ment \-ˈli-təl-mənt\ noun
be·lit·tler \-ˈli-təl-ər, -ˈlit-lər\ noun

Examples of BELITTLE

  1. The critic belittled the author's work.
  2. Her detractors are in the habit of belittling her accomplishments.

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