belittle

Part of speech: verb

To treat slightingly; disparage; depreciate.

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Usage examples "belittle":

  1. Let us then read without conviction such accounts as we may find tending to belittle the goodness or cheapen the virtues of Constanze or of Mozart. - "The Love Affairs of Great Musicians, Volume 1", Rupert Hughes.
  2. Seeing that on public occasions Speke still continued to talk vaingloriously and to do all in his power to belittle the work of his old chief, Burton was naturally incensed, and the disputation promised to be a stormy one. - "The Life of Sir Richard Burton", Thomas Wright.
  3. When they were in the presence of those to whom they knew they could speak freely, they sneered at the efforts made by their superiors to belittle the Union victories, and laughed to scorn Mayor Monroe and the " city fathers" for the attitude they had seen fit to assume while Farragut's powerful fleet held the Crescent city under its guns. - "Rodney The Partisan", Harry Castlemon.