belittle

To belittle means to put down, or to make another person feel as though they aren't important. Saying mean things about another person literally makes them feel "little."

To belittle someone is a cruel way of making someone else seem less important than yourself. A candidate for office might belittle his opponent by pointing out during a press conference that his fellow candidate has an inferior intellect. Belittling doesn't have to come in the form of verbal abuse. A manager who forces his administrative assistant to scrub his office floor with a toothbrush belittles her as well.

DEFINITIONS OF: belittle

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v cause to seem less serious; play down

“Don't belittle his influence”
Synonyms:
denigrate, derogate, minimize
Types:
talk down
belittle through talk
Type of:
disparage, pick at
express a negative opinion of

v lessen the authority, dignity, or reputation of

“don't belittle your colleagues”
Synonyms:
diminish
Type of:
decrease, lessen, minify
make smaller

v express a negative opinion of

Synonyms:
disparage, pick at
Antonyms:
blandish, flatter
praise somewhat dishonestly
Types:
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pan, tear apart, trash
express a totally negative opinion of
discredit, disgrace
damage the reputation of
deprecate, depreciate, vilipend
belittle
denigrate, derogate, minimize
cause to seem less serious; play down
deflate, puncture
reduce or lessen the size or importance of
talk down
belittle through talk
Type of:
criticise, criticize, knock, pick apart
find fault with; express criticism of; point out real or perceived flaws
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