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1. belittle

verb. ['bɪˈlɪtəl'] lessen the authority, dignity, or reputation of.

Synonyms

  • decrease
  • lessen
  • minify

Antonyms

  • approve
  • trust
  • accept
  • believe

Etymology

  • be- (English)
  • be- (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • little (English)
  • litel (Middle English (1100-1500))

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Rhymes with Belittle

  • transmittal
  • noncommittal
  • committal
  • acquittal
  • whittle
  • spittle
  • smittle
  • skittle
  • brittle
  • zittel
  • vittle
  • tittle
  • tittel
  • rittle
  • pytel
  • pittle
  • lyttle
  • littell
  • knittle
  • knittel
  • kittle
  • kittell
  • kittel
  • hittle
  • bittle
  • bittel
  • it'll

How do you pronounce belittle?

Pronounce belittle as bɪˈlɪtəl.

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Sentences with belittle


1. Verb, non-3rd person singular present
Do you or your team members belittle certain ideas?

2. Verb, base form
Stand up for yourself if the coworker tries to belittle or discredit your work.

3. Noun, singular or mass
Never ridicule, berate, belittle or denigrate the other parent in front of your child.

Quotes about belittle


1. Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.
- Mark Twain

2. There will always be someone willing to hurt you, put you down, gossip about you, belittle your accomplishments and judge your soul. It is a fact that we all must face. However, if you realize that God is a best friend that stands beside you when others cast stones you will never be afraid, never feel worthless and never feel alone.
- Shannon L. Alder

3. Do not, under any circumstances, belittle a work of fiction by trying to turn it into a carbon copy of real life; what we search for in fiction is not so much reality but the epiphany of truth.
- Azar Nafisi, Reading Lolita in Tehran

2. belittle

verb. ['bɪˈlɪtəl'] express a negative opinion of.

Synonyms

  • criticize
  • pick apart
  • criticise
  • deprecate
  • derogate
  • denigrate
  • vilipend
  • trash
  • pick at
  • discredit
  • pan
  • disparage
  • minimize
  • knock
  • disgrace
  • depreciate

Antonyms

  • flatter
  • honor
  • fame
  • repute

Etymology

  • be- (English)
  • be- (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • little (English)
  • litel (Middle English (1100-1500))

3. belittle

verb. ['bɪˈlɪtəl'] cause to seem less serious; play down.

Synonyms

  • denigrate
  • pick at
  • disparage
  • minimize
  • talk down

Antonyms

  • stay in place
  • overstate
  • maximise
  • maximize

Etymology

  • be- (English)
  • be- (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • little (English)
  • litel (Middle English (1100-1500))
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