Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of verb belittle

3 senses of belittle

Sense 1
minimize, belittle, denigrate, derogate -- (cause to seem less serious; play down; "Don't belittle his influence")
       => disparage, belittle, pick at -- (express a negative opinion of; "She disparaged her student's efforts")

Sense 2
disparage, belittle, pick at -- (express a negative opinion of; "She disparaged her student's efforts")
       => knock, criticize, criticise, pick apart -- (find fault with; express criticism of; point out real or perceived flaws; "The paper criticized the new movie"; "Don't knock the food--it's free")

Sense 3
diminish, belittle -- (lessen the authority, dignity, or reputation of; "don't belittle your colleagues")
       => decrease, lessen, minify -- (make smaller; "He decreased his staff")

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