What is another word for belittle?

Synonyms for belittle
bɪˈlɪt lbe·lit·tle

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English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. belittle

    To decry is to cry down, in some noisy, public, or conspicuous manner. A witness or a statement is discredited; the currency is depreciated; a good name is dishonored by unworthy conduct; we underestimate in our own minds; we may underrate or undervalue in statement to others. These words are used, with few exceptions, of things such as qualities, merits, attainments, etc. To disparage is to belittle by damaging comparison or suggestion; it is used only of things. A man's achievements are disparaged, his motives depreciated, his professions discredited; he himself is calumniated, slandered, etc. Compare SLANDER.

    See synonyms for PRAISE.

    Synonyms:
    carp at, decry, depreciate, derogate from, detract from, discredit, dishonor, disparage, lower, underestimate, underrate, undervalue

Princeton's WordNet

  1. minimize, belittle, denigrate, derogateverb

    cause to seem less serious; play down

    "Don't belittle his influence"

    Synonyms:
    calumniate, smear, asperse, diminish, denigrate, minimize, besmirch, disparage, slander, pick at, sully, minimise, downplay, smirch, defame, understate, derogate

  2. disparage, belittle, pick atverb

    express a negative opinion of

    "She disparaged her student's efforts"

    Synonyms:
    pluck at, denigrate, disparage, diminish, pick at, peck at, pull at, minimize, derogate, peck

  3. diminish, belittleverb

    lessen the authority, dignity, or reputation of

    "don't belittle your colleagues"

    Synonyms:
    pick at, fall, denigrate, disparage, diminish, lessen, decrease, minimize, derogate

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Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. belittleverb

    Synonyms:
    decry, disparage, underrate, depreciate

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "belittle":

    denigrate, underestimate, disparage

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How to use belittle in a sentence?

  1. Vadym Skibitsky:

    Everything related to any success on the Donetsk and Luhansk axis is going to be attributed to the armed forces of the Russian Federation and Gerasimov, the leadership of the Russian armed forces are going to try to belittle Prigozhin’s role and place however they can, so he cannot strengthen his position in the Kremlin hierarchy.

  2. Sue Scheff:

    Just because someone has a position of authority doesn't mean they're entitled to belittle and shame others online.

  3. Bryan Cranston:

    It is a privileged viewpoint to be able to look at the Ku Klux Klan and laugh at them and belittle them for their broken and hateful ideology, but the Ku Klux Klan and Charlottesville and white supremacists — that’s still happening and it’s not funny. It’s not funny to any group that is marginalized by these groups’ hatred, and it really taught me something.

  4. Iris Erlingsdottir:

    Don't belittle yourself or be ashamed of you who you are. That's your husband's job, and he does it so well.

  5. Douglas Feith:

    The Obama administration has tended to downplay, to belittle, the ideological importance of the problem, you can't explain away the terrorism problem as a matter of economic and political frustration.


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