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The gradualness of the change does not belittle its importance.
  to make someone or something seem less important
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  • The gradualness of the change does not belittle its importance.
  • He needs to learn to disagree without belittling his opponent.
  • My focus on the Industrial Age in no way belittles the preceding progress.
  • People often belittle the place where they were born.
    Mitch Albom  --  The Five People You Meet in Heaven

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  • Others were so full of themselves that they’d belittle their partners.
    Randy Pausch  --  The Last Lecture
  • You just knew, by the expression on her face, the steely narrowing of her eyes, the heavy, enunciated sighs that could be so belittling that words, any words, seemed preferable to them.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Just Listen
  • He said, apologetically: "Dave, I wasn’t meaning to belittle that science; I was only chaffing —chattering, I reckon I’d better say."
    Mark Twain  --  Pudd’nhead Wilson
  • I would not think of coming into your home, or into your church, and belittling your beliefs, though I disagree profoundly with them.
    P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast  --  Betrayed
  • ...they are sick men now.... But what you want are the reasons for the reasons, and I’m not able to give you those. Not for the others, anyway. For myself? Guilt. Shame. Fear. Self-belittlement.
    Ken Kesey  --  One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
  • It has screamed at me, mocked me, belittled me, threatened me, cursed me.
    Rick Yancey  --  The 5th Wave

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  • Pashtuns cannot stand anyone belittling them, nor was he about to pay a bribe for something he was entitled to.
    Malala Yousafzai  --  I Am Malala
  • She was never belittling, nor did she pretend that I was special, and I can still remember her smoothing her somehow always tidy floorbed, the sheets invitingly turned down.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • "You mustn’t belittle yourself," Rhonda said.
    Trenton Lee Stewart  --  The Mysterious Benedict Society
  • "Because I’m an assassin, and he’s Captain of the Guard, forced to belittle himself by minding the would-be King’s Champion."
    Sarah J. Maas  --  Throne of Glass
  • There really wasn’t any way to talk about my experiences without seeming to belittle his, so I decided not to talk about Poland and the war.
    Leon Leyson  --  The Boy on the Wooden Box
  • Red had started noticing that any time it was a girls-only gathering, Pookie had a tendency to speak of Trey belittlingly.
    Anne Tayler  --  A Spool of Blue Thread
  • He hadn’t meant to sound belittling, and yet Sophie Neveu was light-years out of her league.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • It don’t ask me to humble myself and belittle myself.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • To make Wellington so great is to belittle England.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Of course this excited a curiosity so vast that it almost belittled the main matter—but the Welshman allowed it to eat into the vitals of his visitors, and through them be transmitted to the whole town, for he refused to part with his secret.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • It was all very well for Anne, who was sure of passing at least, to have her moments of belittling them, but when your whole future depended on them—as the girls truly thought theirs did—you could not regard them philosophically.
    Lucy Maud Montgomery  --  Anne Of Green Gables
  • She had known all along, when she criticized the mink jacket, when she belittled his freckles and complained about his drinking habits.
    Amy Tan  --  The Joy Luck Club
  • You seldom pass by the opportunity to slip in some belittling remark about her, so naturally it seems strange to me that you should elect to do the unselfish thing and stay here with her during this shelling.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • The ease with which her reply reached him seemed to belittle his megaphone, so she raised her voice and called, "Can you hear me?"
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • I gather they are even vaguely pacifist, not on moral grounds but from an ingrained habit of belittling anything that concerns the great mass of their fellow men and from a dash of purely fashionable and literary communism.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Screwtape Letters
  • As a result, much of the expanse and variety of the human condition is belittled or invalidated.
    Luis J. Rodriguez  --  Always Running
  • This night the woman of his belittling deprecations was thinking how great and good her husband was.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • There was a fine manliness observable in almost every face; and in some a certain loftiness and sweetness that rebuked your belittling criticisms and stilled them.
    Mark Twain  --  A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
  • And all the time, he belittled me and attacked me for my love of the senses, my reluctance to kill, and the near swoon which killing could produce in me.
    Anne Rice  --  Interview with the Vampire
  • PRAISE-SINGER Far be it for me to belittle the dwellers of that place but, a man is either born to his art or he isn’t.
    Wole Soyinka  --  Death and the King’s Horseman
  • The reflection steadied his voice as he asked, between pity and irony: "Isn’t it natural that I should try to belittle all the things I can’t offer you?"
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • LARRY—(with forced belittling casualness) He doesn’t.
    Eugene O’Neill  --  The Iceman Cometh
  • Even if I am wrong-and I mean not to belittle Eragon, who has proven himself a fine Rider-the dragon Saphira might have hatched for one of our race and not a human.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr
  • As for Wang Lung’s sons, there was a continual unrest, the eldest son lest not enough be spent and they be belittled in the eyes of men and lest the villagers come walking through the great gate when a man from the town was there to call, and so make them ashamed before him; and the second son lest there was waste and money gone; and the youngest son striving to make repair the years he had lost as a farmer’s son.
    Pearl S. Buck  --  The Good Earth
  • But so far as Mr. Washington apologizes for injustice, North or South, does not rightly value the privilege and duty of voting, belittles the emasculating effects of caste distinctions, and opposes the higher training and ambition of our brighter minds,—so far as he, the South, or the Nation, does this,—we must unceasingly and firmly oppose them.
    W. E. B. Du Bois  --  The Souls of Black Folk
  • Mind you, I am not seeking to flout or belittle or reflect in any way on this poor, dead girl.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • This morning he was darkly prepared to find something wrong, and he felt belittled when the mixture exploded sweet and strong, and the car didn’t even brush the door-jamb, gouged and splintery with many bruisings by fenders, as he backed out of the garage.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Babbitt
  • …everyone except Tom, "That’s right, Tom get ye some sleep; and Tom pulled his head back through the ceiling and looked down at him with those empty blue eyes and said, "That’s all right, Mr. Ralph, and suddenly Ralph realized that he had no intention of sleeping and would be there alone, not sleeping a wink, just ready in case he was needed; and that Tom had seen his malice, his desire to belittle him, and had belittled him instead, before his mother and his wife and his dying father.
    James Agee  --  A Death in the Family
  • It may be I was belittling him by such a fear.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Lord Jim
  • What my father so belittled and envied.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  Native Speaker
  • He seemed to take a perverse amusement in belittling his wife.
    Geraldine Brooks  --  Year of Wonders
  • I’m not belittling our Western women.
    Zane Grey  --  The Light of Western Stars
  • "I noticed that scholars always manage to dig out something belittling," he complained.
    Willa Cather  --  Death Comes for the Archbishop
  • "So, I can assume you found everything you came to see?" she said in a belittling tone.
    Dave Peizer  --  A Man Named Dave
  • (The cassock is pulled off) Believe me, my friend, I do not belittle the honor His Majesty is doing me.
    Robert Bolt  --  A Man for All Seasons
  • They hate me, and are jealous of me because they can’t be like me, so they belittle me if they can.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • With a belittling laugh.
    Eugene O’Neill  --  Long Day’s Journey into Night
  • But Naomi never ever uses her abilities or her education to belittle someone else, or make herself seem superior.
    James Patterson  --  Kiss the Girls
  • Jefferson, always hospitable to new words, used /to belittle/ in his "Notes on Virginia," and Thornton thinks that he coined it.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • Alexander Wedderburn, the Solicitor General, belittled the very idea of standing in the way of the King and called for the full-scale conquest of America.
    David G. McCullough  --  1776
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