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
To belittle or assault God's creatures is thus to be guilty of blasphemy and sacrilege.
Trump prefers a management style in which even compliments can come laced with a bite, and where enduring snubs and belittling jokes, even in public, is part of the job.
Effort, or the appearance of it, belittles the beautification process.
Yahoo chairman Terry Semel belittled rival Google’s recent efforts to expand beyond its leading internet search engine, describing the diversification as a haphazard attempt to catch up with his company.
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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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