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.

Nearby words

  1. belike,
  2. belinda,
  3. belisarius,
  4. belisha beacon,
  5. belitong,
  6. belitung,
  7. belive,
  8. belize,
  9. belize city,
  10. belizean

Origin of belittle

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

Related formsbe·lit·tle·ment, nounbe·lit·tler, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for belittlement

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 Formsbelittlement, nounbelittler, nounbelittlingly, adverb

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Word Origin and History for belittlement

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