from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To represent or speak of as contemptibly small or unimportant; disparage: a person who belittled our efforts to do the job right.
- transitive v. To cause to seem less than another or little: The size of the office tower belittles the surrounding buildings. See Synonyms at decry.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To knowingly say that something is smaller or less important than it actually is.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To make little or less in a moral sense; to speak of in a depreciatory or contemptuous way.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To make small or smaller; reduce in proportion or extent.
- To cause to appear small; depreciate; lower in character or importance; speak lightly or disparagingly of.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. lessen the authority, dignity, or reputation of
- v. cause to seem less serious; play down
- v. express a negative opinion of
In this, great numbers of caves are hollowed out, and carvings are seen which suggest architectural forms, though on a scale so grand that architectural terms belittle them.
Roestorf further maintained that the commission proceedings should not be used to "belittle" any person testifying before it.
During the campaign, Nieves frequently took to the local radio airwaves to "belittle" Bell,
McHenry, who has no military experience, uses the occasion to "belittle" security personnel for properly carrying out their duties in a war zone and to bolster his image by exaggerating the extent of danger he was facing.
But Chris Gardner, a Washington County commissioner who attended Monday's event, said in a phone interview it would be wrong to "belittle" any permanent jobs that are created in that part of Maine.
So, if I hurt your feelings - I do apologize, but it was not my intention to 'belittle'
ANC Youth League president Julius Malema is the victim of "a sustained campaign in the media" and inaccurate media reports that "belittle" him, the ruling party said on Tuesday.
So by Fiorina's claim - when McCain tries to "belittle" Obama's experience … is he being
i often hear specialists and professors in ur field 'belittle' others openly. i hope when u're there, when u've become a specialist, u wont do the same thing insyaAllah.
Allow me to just kind of belittle you for a minute then write you off because now I feel better than you. "game.