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belittle

verb be·lit·tle \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
1
:  to speak slightingly of :  disparage <belittles her efforts>
2
:  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
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Examples of BELITTLE

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

First Known Use of BELITTLE

1797

Synonym Discussion of BELITTLE

decry, depreciate, disparage, belittle mean to express a low opinion of. decry implies open condemnation with intent to discredit <decried their defeatist attitude>. depreciate implies a representing as being of less value than commonly believed <critics depreciate his plays for being unabashedly sentimental>. disparage implies depreciation by indirect means such as slighting or invidious comparison <disparaged polo as a game for the rich>. belittle usually suggests a contemptuous or envious attitude <belittled the achievements of others>.

Rhymes with BELITTLE

BELITTLER Defined for Kids

belittle

verb be·lit·tle \bi-ˈli-təl\
be·lit·tledbe·lit·tling

Definition of BELITTLE for Kids

:  to make (a person or a thing) seem small or unimportant <She belittled his efforts.>

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