trivialize

verb
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 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 The commentary has drawn pushback from people who have lived or worked in areas actually beset by conflict, who say such remarks are misleading and trivialize the reality of war. Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, "Protesters find troops circling state capitols," 18 Jan. 2021 What leaders must not do is trivialize or politicize the very real need to prepare for a potential emergency that could again jeopardize people, property and businesses in the city that is the economic engine for this state. Editorial Board, Star Tribune, "Fully fund police plan for upcoming Chauvin trial," 5 Feb. 2021 Victoria continued to trivialize her damage on Good Morning America, months after filming. Ariana Romero, refinery29.com, "The Bachelor Eliminated Victoria. Now It Needs To Block Her," 2 Feb. 2021 The commentary has drawn pushback from people who have lived or worked in areas actually beset by conflict, who say such remarks are misleading and trivialize the reality of war. Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, "Protesters find troops circling state capitols," 18 Jan. 2021 The commentary has drawn pushback from people who have lived or worked in areas actually beset by conflict, who say such remarks are misleading and trivialize the reality of war. Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, "Protesters find troops circling state capitols," 18 Jan. 2021 The commentary has drawn pushback from people who have lived or worked in areas actually beset by conflict, who say such remarks are misleading and trivialize the reality of war. Miriam Berger, Anchorage Daily News, "U.S. pundits keep comparing Washington to a war zone, but people who know war disagree," 17 Jan. 2021 This is not to trivialize the true human horror of 2020. Scott Ostler, SFChronicle.com, "Poster team for 2020 sports? How about 49ers?," 20 Dec. 2020 Thrasher said doctors suffer an emotional toll when people trivialize their experiences. al, "Alabama doctors exhausted as cases rise: ‘Just wear your freaking mask’," 24 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of trivialize

1846, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of trivialize was in 1846

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24 Feb 2021

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“Trivialize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/trivialize. Accessed 25 Feb. 2021.

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trivialize

verb

English Language Learners Definition of trivialize

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

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