triv·​i·​al·​ize | \ˈtri-vē-ə-ˌlīz \
trivialized; trivializing

Definition of trivialize 

transitive verb

: to make trivial : reduce to triviality

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trivialization \ˌtri-​vē-​ə-​lə-​ˈzā-​shən \ noun

Examples of trivialize in a Sentence

The news story trivialized the problem. He is trivializing the situation.

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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 Diagnosing Kanye West with mental health issues due to his recent tweets is trivializing mental health and people who actually suffer from such. Lisa Respers France, CNN, "Defenders dismiss speculation over Kanye West's 'erratic' behavior," 26 Apr. 2018 Thirty years since Johnson was teased for being abused, domestic violence is still trivialized. Alia E. Dastagir, USA TODAY, "The #MeToo survivors we forgot," 19 Apr. 2018 That was an issue that was important to hit on in an entertaining way without trivializing it. Chris Chavez,, "Ralph Macchio Q&A: Karate Kid's Return With Cobra Kai, Mr. Miyagi's Legacy," 3 May 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

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

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