Definition of belittle
belittlingplay \bi-ˈli-təl-iŋ, -ˈlit-liŋ, bē-\
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
belittlementplay \-ˈli-təl-mənt\ noun
belittlerplay \-ˈli-təl-ər, -ˈlit-lər\ noun
Examples of belittle in a Sentence
The critic belittled the author's work.
Her detractors are in the habit of belittling her accomplishments.
Recent Examples of belittle from the Web
More than once, she was reduced to tears of frustration at being excluded and belittled—on one occasion even in a cabinet meeting.
Per the New York Times: The Chamber of Commerce and other pro-business groups have belittled the rule as nothing more than a gift to class-action lawyers, who tend to be Democratic donors.
Jackson then poisoned the relationship by publicly belittling Anthony, who, if nothing else, was a good soldier.
Trump bemoaned the lack of bipartisanship in Washington, having belittled prominent Democrats himself.
Brown complained in 2014 that Petkis belittled and disrepected her.
Lee has spent the last two weeks going out of his way to cruelly needle and belittle black contestants in particular, a trend so noticeable that at least one white cast member felt the need to say something about it this week.
So we are forced to be sleuths, decoding the slippery nuances of a language that belittles us and offers no obvious translation.
And the unique way men relate to one another deserves to be honored rather than belittled.
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Synonym Discussion of belittle
BELITTLE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of belittle for English Language Learners
: to describe (someone or something) as little or unimportant
BELITTLE Defined for Kids
Definition of belittle for Students
: to make (a person or a thing) seem small or unimportant She belittled his efforts.
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