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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR BELITTLED

With a wave of the hand the Seneschal belittled his own goodness.

I would ask this cynical old man why he belittled his profession.

And for that reason the problem awaiting them is mis-stated, belittled.

There had always been a party that first opposed and then belittled the acquisition of Alaska.

The victories of Japan in the course of the war were sneered at and at first belittled.

The humanization of God only belittled his infinite and illimitable nature.

It was only in so far as it concerned him in person that he belittled it.

He was a man whose profession, where the mind was warped, belittled life.

Not that he belittled the exigence of Truth; he did but insist on a proper separation.

But justice must be done; his grievance should not be belittled.

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.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR BELITTLED

underrepresented

adjectiveinadequately represented
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