Belittle Definition

belittled, belittles, belittling
belittled, belittles, belittling
To represent or speak of as unimportant or contemptible.
A person who belittled our efforts to do the job right.
American Heritage
To make seem little, less important, etc.; speak slightingly of; depreciate.
Webster's New World
To cause to seem little or smaller than something else.
American Heritage
To knowingly say that something is smaller or less important than it actually is.

Origin of Belittle

  • From be- +‎ little. Coined by Thomas Jefferson in 1782 in "Notes on the State of Virginia": "So far the Count de Buffon has carried this new theory of the tendency of nature to belittle her productions on this side the Atlantic."

    From Wiktionary

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