To belittle someone is to make them feel small and insignificant. You might belittle them by calling them names or treating them poorly.

  • He always belittles her, calling her names and making her feel stupid.

  • She was belittled by her boss all day, and she didn't feel good about herself.

Definition of belittle


cause to seem less serious; play down


denigrate, derogate, minimize


express a negative opinion of


disparage, pick at


lessen the authority, dignity, or reputation of



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Example Sentences for belittle

  • 1

    Belittling the person is to be avoided.

  • 2

    Is that supposed to belittle the concept

  • 3

    They are not meant to belittle the importance of the leader.

  • 4

    In this way, they unconsciously belittle the value of Keshas.

  • 5

    The washing of the feet in the end is not to belittle their importance.

  • 6

    It ill behooves you to belittle the subject of the articles.

  • 7

    The text seems to belittle Gilbert's work on the magnet.

  • 8

    I was belittled at the MfD for calling the project disruptive and pointless.

  • 9

    That doesn't mean the article has to constantly belittle the term.

  • 10

    I don't mean to belittle the objections to the article, by the way.