belittle definition

  • verb-transitive:
    • To represent or talk about as contemptibly tiny or unimportant; disparage: someone who belittled our efforts to do the job appropriate.
    • To cause to appear significantly less than another or small: how big work tower belittles the surrounding structures. See Synonyms at decry.
    • In order to make little or less in a moral good sense; to talk about in a depreciatory or contemptuous way.
  • verb:
    • To knowingly say that one thing is smaller or less important than it really is.
    • lessen the authority, dignity, or reputation of
    • cause to appear less serious; play-down
    • present a negative viewpoint of
  • others:
    • To make tiny or smaller; minimize equal in porportion or degree.
    • To cause to show up little; depreciate; reduced personality or value; talk softly or disparagingly of.

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