Definition of belittle in English:

belittle

Syllabification: be·lit·tle
Pronunciation: /biˈlitl
 
/

verb

[with object]

Derivatives

belittlement

noun
More example sentences
  • Her voice was monotone, clearly not enjoying his belittlement.
  • Then, the psychological games and emotional belittlement began.
  • It has been a long history of belittlement and exploitation.

belittler

noun
More example sentences
  • This caught me off guard as this language is usually associated with the belittlers and begrudgers who are endemic in society.
  • The work was wonderful, but my boss was a bully and a belittler.
  • We want to act as a helper and an empowerer, not a belittler or an enforcer

Origin

late 18th century: a coinage of Thomas Jefferson originally meaning 'diminish in size, make small'; the current sense dates from the very end of the 18th century.

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