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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Other Words from trivialize

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.

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As long as Democrats continue to condemn anti-Semitism while trivializing its presence within their party, this anti-Semitism is unlikely to subside. Abigail Shrier, WSJ, "Democrats and Anti-Semitism," 12 Feb. 2019 Ocasio-Cortez, too, hasn’t shied away from discussing topics like makeup and clothing — things that are extremely normal for people to talk about but are often trivialized in the predominantly male realm of politics. Rebecca Jennings, Vox, "Ayanna Pressley, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and the year of victory red lipstick," 7 Nov. 2018 And the attacks on trigger warnings often trivialize the very real trauma that some students have experienced. Jonathan W. Wilson, Vox, "My students aren’t asking for safe spaces. They’re repressing past traumas to survive.," 12 Dec. 2018 This costume — and many others just like it — trivializes eating disorders ... not to mention it's a terrible pun. Marci Robin, Good Housekeeping, "15 Offensive Halloween Costumes You Should Never Wear," 1 Aug. 2018 Joanne Bauer, an expert on the social-responsibility movement who teaches at Columbia University, says many corporations have in effect co-opted the movement, trivializing it by using it as a marketing device. Courtney Becker,, "When Sister Nora talks, her voice is soft, but executives listen," 6 July 2018 Lili makes an important point: Nobody (celebrities included) is exempt from having insecurities, and everyone should be able to talk about their struggles without anyone trivializing them. Suzannah Weiss, Teen Vogue, "Lili Reinhart Made an Important Point About Body Dysmorphia," 4 July 2018 And while the show’s an exploitation of our collective tendency to fetishize the decade, that doesn’t trivialize the art inside. Andrea Alonso, Los Angeles Magazine, "Fact and Fiction Collide Inside an Exhibit Inspired by a “Forgotten” L.A. Legend—and Beverly Hills Cop," 12 June 2018 There is no good faith discussion to be had with someone who trivializes the murders of a marginalized community. Megan Farokhmanesh, The Verge, "Disney remixer Pogo can’t walk back his homophobic comments on YouTube," 1 June 2018

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First Known Use of trivialize

1846, in the meaning defined above

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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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