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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.


Synonymsdiminish


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


Broader (hypernym)decrease, lessen, minify









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