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Synonyms for belittle
bɪˈlɪt l

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. minimize, belittle, denigrate, derogate(verb)

    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 at(verb)

    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, belittle(verb)

    lessen the authority, dignity, or reputation of

    "don't belittle your colleagues"

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

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

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. belittle(v)

    Synonyms:
    decry, disparage, underrate, depreciate

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases:

    denigrate, underestimate, disparage

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Words popularity by usage frequency

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#4933decrease
#7843minimize
#17739peck
#20312minimise
#21475diminish
#22663smear
#25048lessen
#28222underestimate
#33274slander
#36900discredit
#41477sully
#59800dishonor
#66548decry
#69070downplay
#73765defame
#74328belittle
#84156disparage
#86920denigrate
#88197depreciate
#96978understate
#141067undervalue
#144647derogate
#225345besmirch
#256570underrate

How to use belittle in a sentence?

  1. Ellen Dorsey:

    They have a smart strategy around building power with the audacity of their vision, critics belittle them and question their authenticity but they are brave and are doubling down.

  2. Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate:

    You'll often meet people who will try to belittle you. You mustn't get discouraged by their derogatory demeanor. The higher you soar, the smaller you'll always appear to those who cannot fly. You keep your spirits high, and continue to soar high in the sky; no matter what others say or do.

  3. Sue Scheff:

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

  4. Michel de Montaigne:

    Don't discuss yourself, for you are bound to lose if you belittle yourself, you are believed if you praise yourself, you are disbelieved.

  5. Gail Ernst:

    I continued to make sacrifices and not soar higher out of concern for Gail and our family, meanwhile, he hated any success I had, and would belittle me and get angry any time I achieved a goal.


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