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

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

Examples of trivialize in a Sentence

The news story trivialized the problem. He is trivializing the situation.
Recent Examples on the Web But being stressed and having an anxiety disorder are not the same things—and for some, the ‘trendiness’ of anxiety can trivialize the disorder. Sara Radin, Glamour, "Is My Anxiety Normal?," 30 Dec. 2019 Some found the posts distasteful, trivializing what had already become a deadly conflict, while others saw them as a way to laugh off their fear. New York Times, "For a Post-9/11 Generation, War Isn’t New but Fears of Another One Are," 5 Jan. 2020 All the bad stuff started with a clubhouse crisis in Houston when Astro assistant GM Brandon Taubman verbally assaulted three female reporters after winning the ALCS, trivializing domestic violence, then lying to his employees about it., "Game 1 was a terrific, 5-4, drama. The Nats broke open a close one the next night, winning, 12-3, in Houston. Then came back-to-back snoozers in Washington, 4-1 and 8-1.," 27 Oct. 2019 Some Jewish organizations denounced the work as trivializing the Holocaust. Enid Nemy, New York Times, "Marylou Whitney, Social Queen of the Racing World, Dies at 93," 19 July 2019 What will be the cost of trivializing impeachment this way? Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, "The Costs of Trivializing Impeachment," 13 Dec. 2019 The myth has given young people the skewed perception that not getting into a certain school is a lifetime mark of failure, and has trivialized the content of knowledge. Alexandra Schwartz, The New Yorker, "The Mail," 29 Sep. 2019 That description of the House impeachment process is not meant to trivialize developments past or future but to suggest a useful metaphor of the process. CBS News, "What happened in the impeachment inquiry this week," 9 Nov. 2019 That leaves the Bahamas with a double challenge: convincing tourists to keep coming without trivializing the suffering on the affected islands. Dee-ann Durbin And Adriana Gomez Licon,, "Tourist-dependent Bahamas says it’s still open for business," 12 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of trivialize

1846, in the meaning defined above

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16 Feb 2020

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“Trivialize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of trivialize

usually disapproving : to make (something) seem less important or serious than it actually is

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