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English verb: belittle

1. belittle (communication) cause to seem less serious; play down

SamplesDon't belittle his influence.

Synonymsdenigrate, derogate, minimize

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)belittle, disparage, pick at

Narrower (hyponym)talk down

2. belittle (communication) express a negative opinion of

SamplesShe disparaged her student's efforts.

Synonymsdisparage, pick at

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)criticise, criticize, knock, pick apart

Narrower (hyponym)belittle, denigrate, deprecate, depreciate, derogate, discredit, disgrace, minimize, pan, tear apart, trash, vilipend

Antonymsblandish, flatter

3. belittle (change) lessen the authority, dignity, or reputation of

SamplesDon't belittle your colleagues.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)decrease, lessen, minify

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