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belittle

be·lit·tle

belittle

pronunciation:
b lI tl
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: belittled, belittles, belittling
definition: to make (someone or something) seem less in size, value, or importance; depreciate.
That was cruel of you to belittle him in front of his friends.I don't mean to belittle your problem, but it might be best if you just forget about it.He took his son into the business, yet he belittles his opinions.
synonyms:
deprecate, depreciate, diminish, disparage, make light of, misprize, trivialize, underrate, undervalue
antonyms:
aggrandize, magnify
similar words:
demean, denigrate, deride, devalue, disdain, dishonor, minimize, pooh-pooh, put down, run down, scorn, sneer at
derivations: belittlement (n.), belittler (n.)