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Now, far be it from us to belittle the splendor of this scientific vision.

Rather it was the city person's point of view he was inclined to belittle.

"It is the money-grabbers of the world who belittle empire," Duncan answered.

Even since the war, the English have tried to belittle the Irish.

Why, words would only belittle this part of our “performance.”

In seeming to belittle him I have taken an ungrateful piece of work in hand.

The Americans did not belittle the strength of the military works.

Because jealous ones cannot equal the leader they seek to belittle him.

Go he had to, and it was plain to him that in striving to belittle Ray he had damaged his own cause.

He stared at her, not able to comprehend how she could belittle a present from such a source.

WORD ORIGIN

1781, "to make small," from be- + little (v.); first recorded in writings of Thomas Jefferson (and probably coined by him), who was roundly execrated for it in England:

Jefferson used it to characterize Buffon's view that American life was stunted by nature, which he was refuting. The figurative sense of "depreciate, scorn as worthless" (as the reviewers did to this word) is from 1797. Related: Belittled; belittling.

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