And not only that, but (and I say this in solidarity, not belittlement) the African humidity had wreaked havoc on her hair.
Yet how often one hears careless remarks of censure or—worse—of belittlement.
Swan, then, had availed himself of Lone's belittlement of him and was living down to it.
Many of them surpass it in grandeur, and this belittlement of our globe shows a more sublime ideal of God.
To hold otherwise were a blasphemy and a belittlement of God.
It was their back-parlour misinterpretation and belittlement of Nature that made these modern Philistines worship her.
He had an uncomfortable sense of belittlement, of having played a small part in a not altogether worthy game.
It was a mockery of their bravado, a belittlement of their bluff and swagger in the brief day of their oppression.
It is because of this refusal that he has been pursued with belittlement by one Russian writer after another since his death.
For Archie they had, one and all, a sensitive affection and respect which recoiled from a word of belittlement.
Belittle! What an expression! It may be an elegant one in Virginia, and even perfectly intelligible; but for our part, all we can do is to guess at its meaning. For shame, Mr. Jefferson! ["European Magazine and London Review," 1787, reporting on "Notes on the State of Virginia"; to guess was considered another barbarous Yankeeism.]Jefferson used it to characterize Buffon's view that American life was stunted by nature, which he was refuting. The figurative sense of "depreciate, scorn as worthless" (as the reviewers did to this word) is from 1797. Related: Belittled; belittling.