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synonyms for belittle

  • criticize
  • decry
  • deride
  • discredit
  • disparage
  • downplay
  • scorn
  • squelch
  • underestimate
  • blister
  • deprecate
  • depreciate
  • derogate
  • diminish
  • discount
  • downgrade
  • knock
  • lower
  • minimize
  • pan
  • rip
  • roast
  • scorch
  • slam
  • smear
  • squash
  • underrate
  • undervalue
  • bad-mouth
  • cut down to size
  • cut to the quick
  • dispraise
  • dump on
  • pooh pooh
  • poor mouth
  • put down
  • run down
  • scoff at
  • shoot down
  • shoot full of holes
  • sneer at
  • sour grapes
  • take a swipe at
  • take down
  • take down a peg
  • tear down
  • write off
See also synonyms for: belittled / belittles / belittling
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antonyms for belittle

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  • approve
  • commend
  • compliment
  • flatter
  • laud
  • praise
  • enlarge
  • increase
  • overestimate
  • overrate
  • overvalue
  • raise
  • upgrade
  • build up
  • exaggerate
  • value
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How to use belittle in a sentence

While capable of great charm and generosity, he often seemed to undercut himself with a confrontational, gruff and belittling manner that many found offensive.
DONALD H. RUMSFELD, INFLUENTIAL BUT CONTROVERSIAL BUSH DEFENSE SECRETARY, DIES AT 88BRADLEY GRAHAMJUNE 30, 2021WASHINGTON POST
Q believers see themselves as soldiers fighting for the ultimate cause—and are surrounded by people who validate them, rather than insult or belittle them, or try to fact-check them out of what they think is real.
WHY DOES THE QANON CONSPIRACY THRIVE DESPITE ALL ITS UNFULFILLED PROPHECIES?MIKE ROTHSCHILDJUNE 30, 2021TIME
Supervisors curse them out and belittle and bully them, they say.
D.C. MAYOR BOWSER NAMES NEW CHAIRMAN OF ARTS COMMISSION, WHICH IS FACING ACCUSATIONS OF CRONYISM AND RACISMPEGGY MCGLONEMAY 20, 2021WASHINGTON POST
Solomon says parents can teach their teens to strategize about how to express why the relationship wasn’t working, instead of resorting to belittling judgments that keep them from learning from the experience.
TEENS ARE TERRIBLE AT BREAKING UP. HERE ARE SIX WAYS PARENTS CAN HELP THEM IMPROVE.LISA A. PHILLIPSAPRIL 15, 2021WASHINGTON POST
It’s telling that Simpson—whose career as a singer was often overshadowed by gossipy, belittling narratives—found resounding success last year with her earnest and entrancing memoir.
HOW CELEBRITY MEMOIRS GOT SO GOODCADY LANGAPRIL 13, 2021TIME
She was very woman, and the look of the thing was not nice to her eyes, while it must belittle her in theirs.
YOU NEVER KNOW YOUR LUCK, COMPLETEGILBERT PARKER
This is supposed to refer to an altercation between these two gods, in which they tried to belittle each other.
THE MOUNTAIN CHANT, A NAVAJO CEREMONYWASHINGTON MATTHEWS
The man who shuns realities because they belittle him is on the wrong road; he is hopelessly lost from the beginning.
THE IRON PUDDLERJAMES J. DAVIS
When they have won the praise of men, pride leads them on to belittle the work of other men and to applaud their own.
COMMENTARY ON THE EPISTLE TO THE GALATIANSMARTIN LUTHER
Weve278 been thundered at, frightened, cursed, and every agency has united to belittle us in our own eyes.
THE WASTED GENERATIONOWEN JOHNSON
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WORDS RELATED TO BELITTLE

  • belittle
  • debase
  • degrade
  • demean
  • diminish
  • disgrace
  • dishonor
  • humble
  • humiliate
  • lower
  • mortify
  • reduce
  • shame
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