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synonyms for downplay

  • lessen
  • play down
  • soften
  • devalue
  • whitewash
  • attach little importance to
  • deemphasize
  • give little weight to
  • make light of
  • think nothing of
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That included participating in Pence’s infamous Wall Street Journal op-ed in June downplaying the idea of a coronavirus second wave — even as the outbreak was indeed resurging across the country.
A DEVASTATING PICTURE OF TRUMP’S CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE — FROM A FIRSTHAND WITNESSAARON BLAKESEPTEMBER 17, 2020WASHINGTON POST
At the time, the president was publicly downplaying the virus’s impact.
BOB WOODWARD’S BOOK PROVES AMERICANS STILL WANT TO READ ABOUT TRUMPKAREN HOSEPTEMBER 11, 2020QUARTZ
Rather than level with the American people back in February and March about the severity of what was coming our way, he downplayed coronavirus, called it a “hoax” and ridiculously said it would “go away like a miracle.”
VOTE FOR BIDEN (DUH)KEVIN NAFFSEPTEMBER 10, 2020WASHINGTON BLADE
For years, the league had downplayed or outright denied the link between football and brain injury.
WHY CAN’T SCHOOLS GET WHAT THE N.F.L. HAS? (EP. 431)STEPHEN J. DUBNERSEPTEMBER 10, 2020FREAKONOMICS
It also wants the updated law to retain the general prohibition on content monitoring obligations — and downplays the potential of AI to offer any “third way” there.
GOOGLE PUSHES EUROPE TO LIMIT ‘GATEKEEPER’ PLATFORM RULESNATASHA LOMASSEPTEMBER 4, 2020TECHCRUNCH
Typically, he’s given a pass, his flaws downplayed or overlooked.
HARRIS SHOULD MAKE PENCE’S BIGOTRY AN ISSUEJAMES DRISCOLLAUGUST 28, 2020WASHINGTON BLADE
For months, the WHO had downplayed how long tiny aerosols might remain in the air and infectious.
DUST CAN INFECT ANIMALS WITH FLU, RAISING CORONAVIRUS CONCERNSERIN GARCIA DE JESUSAUGUST 24, 2020SCIENCE NEWS FOR STUDENTS
More than 150,000 people have died, and our economy is in shambles because of a virus that this president downplayed for too long.
‘HE IS CLEARLY IN OVER HIS HEAD’: READ MICHELLE OBAMA’S FULL SPEECH DENOUNCING DONALD TRUMPKDUNN6AUGUST 18, 2020FORTUNE
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