Belittle meaning

bĭ-lĭtl
To knowingly say that something is smaller or less important than it actually is.
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The definition of belittle means to speak about someone or something in a way to make it seem less important.

An example of belitte is a teacher who chooses to make fun of her brightest student's accomplishments.

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To make seem little, less important, etc.; speak slightingly of; depreciate.
verb
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To represent or speak of as unimportant or contemptible.

A person who belittled our efforts to do the job right.

verb
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To cause to seem little or smaller than something else.
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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