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belittle
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Definition to make someone or something seem less important
  • The gradualness of the change does not belittle its importance.
belittle = make it less important
  • He needs to learn to disagree without belittling his opponent.
  • My focus on the Industrial Age in no way belittles the preceding progress.
  • Others were so full of themselves that they'd belittle their partners.
    Randy Pausch  --  The Last Lecture
  • belittle = make them seem less important
  • 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
  • belittle = to make something seem less important
  • People often belittle the place where they were born.
    Mitch Albom  --  The Five People You Meet in Heaven
  • belittle = make seem less important
  • 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
  • belittling = making something seem less important
  • ...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
  • belittlement = to make someone or something seem less important
  • 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
  • belittling = making someone or something seem less important
  • Belittled, betattled, spectacled and shackled, and pitifully snagged and by the tail wagged, with shilly and shally no more shall you dally.
    Hermann Hesse  --  Steppenwolf
  • 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
  • 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
  • While one side belittled him as a creature of the Hamiltonians, the other scorned him as a friend of Elbridge Gerry.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • 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
  • I'm not belittling our Western women.
    Zane Grey  --  The Light of Western Stars
  • It has screamed at me, mocked me, belittled me, threatened me, cursed me.
    Rick Yancey  --  The 5th Wave
  • He hadn't meant to sound belittling, and yet Sophie Neveu was light-years out of her league.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • This night the woman of his belittling deprecations was thinking how great and good her husband was.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d'Urbervilles
  • What my father so belittled and envied.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  Native Speaker
  • LARRY—(with forced belittling casualness) He doesn't.
    Eugene O'Neill  --  The Iceman Cometh

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