triv·​i·​al·​ize | \ ˈtri-vē-ə-ˌlīz How to pronounce trivialize (audio) \
trivialized; trivializing

Definition of trivialize

transitive verb

: to make trivial : reduce to triviality

Other Words from trivialize

trivialization \ ˌtri-​vē-​ə-​lə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce trivialize (audio) \ noun

Examples of trivialize in a Sentence

The news story trivialized the problem. He is trivializing the situation.
Recent Examples on the Web That’s not to trivialize the rising costs of essentials, like milk and housing for those who are struggling at the margins of economic viability, but online services and products do typically cost less than their offline counterparts. David Doty, Forbes, 9 June 2022 Garland is careful, too, to neither fetishize nor trivialize her terror. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, 20 May 2022 There’s plenty of food for thought here too, and Carmichael clearly hasn’t set out to trivialize a serious subject. Washington Post, 11 May 2022 In unsure hands, this combination of wide and narrow focus can go wrong, ending up seeming to trivialize both. Steve Donoghue, The Christian Science Monitor, 12 Apr. 2022 These questions garner responses that trivialize or divert her feelings — more gaslighting tactics — which perpetuate the cycle. Shenelle Wilson, STAT, 15 Mar. 2022 To appropriate the private ache as an injury to national competitiveness is to trivialize its magnitude, to reduce the value of a person to their usefulness to the state. Yangyang Cheng, Wired, 24 Feb. 2022 What’s driven the surge right now, though, is a combination of opportunity, incentive and our own tendency to trivialize the problem—treating it more like derring-do than something dastardly. Mark Ellwood, Robb Report, 9 Feb. 2022 In the last few months, a member of Congress has carelessly made nonsensical, ignorant public remarks that trivialize and mischaracterize the true horror of the Holocaust. Elie Honig, CNN, 14 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of trivialize

1846, in the meaning defined above

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12 Jun 2022

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“Trivialize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jul. 2022.

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