verb (used with object), be·lit·tled, be·lit·tling.
- belisha beacon,
- belize city,
Origin of belittle
Examples from the Web for belittlement
And not only that, but (and I say this in solidarity, not belittlement) the African humidity had wreaked havoc on her hair.
He had an uncomfortable sense of belittlement, of having played a small part in a not altogether worthy game.The Missioner|E. Phillips Oppenheim
Swan, then, had availed himself of Lone's belittlement of him and was living down to it.The Quirt|B.M. Bower
For Archie they had, one and all, a sensitive affection and respect which recoiled from a word of belittlement.The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. XIX (of 25)|Robert Louis Stevenson
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.