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belittle

verb

1 belittle

Cause to seem less serious; play down:
— Don't belittle his influence.

synonyms: denigrate, derogate, minimize.

Roget 483: underrate, underestimate, undervalue, underreckon; depreciate; disparage etc. (detract) 934; not do justice to; misprize, disprize; ridicule etc. ... show more

Roget 934: detract, derogate, decry, deprecate, depreciate, disparage; run down, cry down; backcap [U.S.]; belittle; sneer at etc. (contempt) 930; ... show more

Dutch: afwijken, bagatelliseren, denigreren, kleineren



2 belittle

Express a negative opinion of.

synonyms: disparage, pick at.

Dutch: belachelijk maken, geringschatten, onteren

3 belittle

Lessen the authority, dignity, or reputation of:
— Don't belittle your colleagues.

synonym: diminish.

Dutch: afnemen


Moby thesaurus: bedwarf, bring down, bring into discredit, bring low, criticize, cry down, de-emphasize, debase, decry, degrade, denigrate, deprecate, depreciate, derogate, derogate from, detract from, diminish, disapprove of, discount, discredit ... show more.

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