belittling belittling  /bɪ ˈlɪ tə lɪŋ/


  1. (n) a belittling comment
  2. (n) the act of belittling
  3. (adj) tending to diminish or disparage


  1. All those descriptions are obviously contrary to the facts, belittling ourselves and confusing the national identity.
  2. Stung, Obama surrogates seized the irresistible opportunity to say Clinton was belittling King.
  3. Lopez, 44, was abandoned by his parents as a boy and raised by his grandmother, who he says was belittling and incapable of showing affection.



  1. "Without belittling anyone, it is still nice to see how Kuyt developed into one of the most valuable players. There were doubts, but he was ready as of the opening game," Cruyff wrote in De Telegraaf.
    on Jul 5, 2010 By: Johan Cruyff Source: USA Today

  2. Givhan, who won a Pulitzer Prize for criticism last year, said she disagreed "that there was anything in the column that was coarse, insulting or belittling. It was a piece about a public person's appearance on the Senate floor that was surprising...
    on Jul 27, 2007 By: Robin Givhan Source: Washington Post

  3. "There was this inappropriate thing on our website overnight, it has been removed, it was tasteless and inappropriate. We have enough differences with the Liberals without getting into that kind of thing," said Harper. "Belittling images are...
    on Sep 10, 2008 By: Stephen Harper Source: Winnipeg Sun

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