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belittling

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adjective be·lit·tling \bi-ˈli-təl-iŋ, -ˈlit-liŋ, bē-\

Definition of belittling

  1. :  expressing disparagement :  disparaging, depreciatory a set of belittling stereotypes “I think it might embarrass Stuart to hear mice mentioned in such a belittling manner.” — E. B. White Nisbett's attitude is far from belittling toward Eastern cultures. — Christopher Shea There was … a certain loftiness and sweetness that rebuked your belittling criticisms and stilled them. — Mark Twain

belittlingly

adverb … she is secretly carrying on a love affair with her mousy first cousin, belittlingly known to the family as Little Charles … — Charles Isherwood

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belittling

noun be·lit·tling

Definition of belittling

  1. :  a disparaging statement Bernheim's fiercely focused, cantankerous Frieda … practically steals the show with her nonstop maternal belittlings … — Robert Hurwitt :  disparagement, deprecation His constant belittling of her work led Joan to believe that she was incompetent … — Sharon Freedburg

1837

First Known Use of belittling

1837



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