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Definition of "belittle" []

  • To represent or speak of as contemptibly small or unimportant; disparage: a person who belittled our efforts to do the job right. (verb-transitive)
  • To cause to seem less than another or little: The size of the office tower belittles the surrounding buildings. See Synonyms at decry. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "belittle" in a sentence
  • "In this, great numbers of caves are hollowed out, and carvings are seen which suggest architectural forms, though on a scale so grand that architectural terms belittle them."
  • "Roestorf further maintained that the commission proceedings should not be used to "belittle" any person testifying before it."
  • "During the campaign, Nieves frequently took to the local radio airwaves to "belittle" Bell,"