Usage examples for belittle

  1. 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 by Thomas Wright
  2. 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 by Harry Castlemon