belittle belittle  /bɪ ˈlɪ təl/


  1. (v) lessen the authority, dignity, or reputation of
  2. (v) cause to seem less serious; play down
  3. (v) express a negative opinion of


  • The idea was very promising but the board belittled it by not approving its implementation.


  • UK lawmakers recall Murdoch to journalism hearing

    Media tycoon Rupert Murdoch has been recalled to the U.K. parliament to clarify evidence he gave about alleged crimes by his journalists following the emergence of a secret tape in which he appeared to belittle the police inquiry.
    on July 9, 2013     Source: NBC NEWS


  1. "As an artist and activist she refused roles that would belittle her family name and tradition," Sharpton said.
    on May 16, 2007 By: Al Sharpton Source: France24

  2. "Now that he or the administration he represents no longer needs their vote, Mr. Cheney apparently feels that he is now free to mock and belittle the people of West Virginia," Byrd said.
    on Jun 2, 2005 By: Robert Byrd Source: 570 News

  3. In his blog, Morgan wrote: "Let me tell you now, there is a downside to fame. People start criticising you, sniping at you, trying to trip you up, belittle you, harass you."
    on May 29, 2009 By: Piers Morgan Source: WELT ONLINE

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