belittle

[ bih-lit-l ]
/ bɪˈlɪt l /

verb (used with object), be·lit·tled, be·lit·tling.

to regard or portray as less impressive or important than appearances indicate; depreciate; disparage.

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Origin of belittle

An Americanism dating back to 1775–85; be- + little

OTHER WORDS FROM belittle

be·lit·tle·ment, nounbe·lit·tler, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for belittle

belittle
/ (bɪˈlɪtəl) /

verb (tr)

to consider or speak of (something) as less valuable or important than it really is; disparage
to cause to make small; dwarf

Derived forms of belittle

belittlement, nounbelittler, nounbelittlingly, adverb
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