belittle Definition

  • 1make (someone or something) seem unimportant
  • 2disparage

Using belittle: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "belittle" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    He belittled my efforts to help.

  • Example

    She belittles him in front of their friends.

  • Example

    Don't belittle your own achievements.

  • Example

    The coach belittled the team's performance after the loss.

belittle Synonyms and Antonyms

Phrases with belittle

  • to make oneself seem unimportant or inferior


    She belittles herself by constantly putting herself down.

  • to make someone's accomplishments seem unimportant or insignificant


    It's not fair to belittle someone's achievements just because they don't match up to your own.

  • to make someone seem less intelligent than they actually are


    He belittles her intelligence by always talking down to her.

Origins of belittle

from be- 'thoroughly' + little, originally meaning 'make into little'


Summary: belittle in Brief

'Belittle' [bɪˈlɪt(ə)l] is a verb that means to make someone or something seem unimportant or inferior. It can be used in various contexts, such as when someone undermines another's efforts or accomplishments, or when someone talks down to another. Synonyms include 'disparage' and 'minimize,' while antonyms include 'praise' and 'exalt.'