belittle


be·lit·tle

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
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

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

Rhymes with BELITTLE

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