Definition of trivialize in English:

Share this entry

trivialize

Pronunciation: /ˈtrɪvɪəlʌɪz/
(also trivialise)

verb

[with object]
Make (something) seem less important, significant, or complex than it really is: the problem was either trivialized or ignored by teachers
More example sentences
  • In fact, many Christians argue that secular display of the Ten Commandments places them in an improper context and trivializes the important role those teachings play in our lives.
  • As a result, the film seems to trivialize important events in Dutch history.
  • I don't mean to trivialize sports and the important role they play in our society.
Synonyms
informal pooh-pooh
archaic hold cheap
rare misprize, derogate, minify

Derivatives

trivialization

Pronunciation: /trɪvɪəlʌɪˈzeɪʃ(ə)n/
noun
Example sentences
  • Eventually, the trivialization of the name will continue until the word has only a vague meaning, perhaps implying a ‘bad’ person.
  • And he warned that American journalists are threatened by ‘the trivialization of our industry.’
  • The trivialization of sexual assault, though, is not a laughing matter.

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: trivi¦al|ize

Share this entry
 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.