verb (used with object), be·lit·tled, be·lit·tling.
- belisha beacon,
- belize city,
Origin of belittle
Examples from the Web for belittle
And he is probably right to belittle the current round of talks.Partition Skepticism and the Future of the Peace Process|Avner Inbar, Assaf Sharon|September 25, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Hand it off to a hen-pecked husband or a put-upon assistant and it can demean or belittle.
Yet, Western intelligence tends to belittle them as a bunch of bluffers.
The Fox News host seemed to belittle Laura Ingraham during an on-air clash about same-sex marriage.Bill O’Reilly’s Macho Moment in On-Air Confrontation With Laura Ingraham|Lauren Ashburn|April 5, 2013|DAILY BEAST
This is not a time to complain about or belittle this shift, or, as with Kotkin, to pretend that it is not even taking place.Did I Abandon My Creative Class Theory? Not So Fast, Joel Kotkin|Richard Florida|March 21, 2013|DAILY BEAST
"Well, it is pretty fair," Carrots replied, with the air of one who thinks it modest to belittle his own property.Teddy and Carrots|James Otis
Who, then, shall dare to belittle the importance of costume?Chats on Costume|G. Woolliscroft Rhead
To discredit the new claimant, he grossly insulted her; to belittle the will, he calumniated the dead man.John Marsh's Millions|Charles Klein
It would be a mistake to belittle or ignore this opinion, or to ascribe it to a temporary upheaval.Freedom's Battle|Mahatma Gandhi
But she did not belittle herself in any such tendernesses of regret.We Can't Have Everything|Rupert Hughes
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.