Belittle Definition

bĭ-lĭtl
belittled, belittles, belittling
verb
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
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.
YourDictionary
To knowingly say that something is smaller or less important than it actually is.
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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

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