Synonyms and Antonyms of downplay

  1. to reduce in apparent importance <he self-deprecatingly downplays his own contributions to the festival's success> Synonyms de-emphasize, soft-pedal, play downRelated Words underplay, understate; bad-mouth, belittle, cry down, decry, denigrate, deprecate, depreciate, derogate, dismiss, disparage, kiss off, minimize, poor-mouth, put down, run down, talk down, trash, trash-talkNear Antonyms exaggerate, overdo, overdraw, overstate; elaborate, embellish, embroider, magnify, pad, stretch; fudge, hedge; melodramatize, overemphasize, overplay, sensationalize

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