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belittling

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

Definition of belittling

: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

Definition of belittling

: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

First Known Use of belittling

1837



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