To belittle someone is to treat them in a way that is not fair or respectful. You might belittle them by calling them names or making fun of them.

  • The teacher was belittling the students, calling them names and making fun of their mistakes.

  • She was trying to belittle her opponent by making fun of his clothes and haircut.

Definition of belittling


a belittling comment




tending to diminish or disparage


deprecating, deprecative, deprecatory, depreciative, depreciatory, slighting


the act of belittling

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Example Sentences for belittling

  • 1

    Belittling the person is to be avoided.

  • 2

    Is that supposed to belittle the concept

  • 3

    Burt Lancaster stated he turned down the role because he found the script boring and belittling to Christianity.

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    Wei also published a historical work lambasting and belittling his political opponents.

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    The argument ended amicably, with Sorkin apologizing for belittling Cleveland's effort and the two writers expressing their admiration for each other.

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    Shearer often speaks and writes about the failure of the Federal levee system which flooded New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina, belittling the coverage of it in the mainstream media and criticizing the role of the United States Army Corps of Engineers.

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

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    Finally, we just had to tell Isaac, ' Dude, we totally love working with you, and this is nothing personal, it's just we're South Park, and if we don't do this, we're belittling everything else we've ripped on. '

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

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    The belittling tone of the obituary brought forth strong rebuttals from T S Eliot, Kenneth Clark and Priestley, among others.

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

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

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

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    While leaving the office Lisa has had enough and snaps at her father for belittling everything she believes in.

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    High - level meetings became tense affairs punctuated by 'profane, belittling rants'.

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

  • 17

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

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