belittle

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verb be·lit·tle \bi-ˈli-təl, bē-\

Definition of belittle

belittled

;

belittling

play \bi-ˈli-təl-iŋ, -ˈlit-liŋ, bē-\
  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to speak slightingly of :  disparage belittles her efforts

  3. 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

belittlement

play \-ˈli-təl-mənt\ noun

belittler

play \-ˈli-təl-ər, -ˈlit-lər\ noun

Examples of belittle in a Sentence

  1. The critic belittled the author's work.

  2. Her detractors are in the habit of belittling her accomplishments.

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First Known Use of belittle

1785

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

BELITTLE Defined for English Language Learners

belittle

play
verb

Definition of belittle for English Language Learners

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


BELITTLE Defined for Kids

belittle

play
verb be·lit·tle \bi-ˈli-təl\

Definition of belittle for Students

belittled

;

belittling

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



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