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tr.v. be·lit·tled, be·lit·tling, be·lit·tles
1. To represent or speak of as unimportant or contemptible: a person who belittled our efforts to do the job right. See Synonyms at disparage.
2. To cause to seem little or smaller than something else: "Away on the very edge of the cliffs, close under the sky, were pines, belittled by distance" (Stewart Edward White).

be·lit′tle·ment n.
be·lit′tler n.
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Adj.1.belittled - made to seem smaller or less (especially in worth)belittled - made to seem smaller or less (especially in worth); "her comments made me feel small"
decreased, reduced - made less in size or amount or degree
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The walls around it were so gigantic, and everything about it was on so mighty a scale that it was belittled, by contrast, to what I have likened it to--a cozy and carpeted parlor.
I wish your aunt Jane and me wasn't both so worthless with these colds; but it only shows the good of havin' a clean house, with every room in order, whether open or shut, and enough victuals cooked so 't you can't be surprised and belittled by anybody, whatever happens.
Of course this excited a curiosity so vast that it almost belittled the main matter -- but the Welshman allowed it to eat into the vitals of his visitors, and through them be transmitted to the whole town, for he refused to part with his secret.
When Wordsworth was enthroned they carried pocket copies; and when Shelley was belittled they allowed him to grow dusty on their shelves.
Therefore she took the other course and belittled the whole affair.
Ralph made a sound which belittled this particular argument.
The female mind, though cruelly practical in daily life, cannot bear to hear ideals belittled in conversation, and Miss Schlegel was asked however she could say such dreadful things, and what it would profit Mr.
Duterte sorry Recto Bank fishermen feel belittled !-- -- Alexis Romero ( - June 24, 2019 - 10:16pm MANILA, Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday apologized to the 22 fishermen whose fishing boat was rammed by a Chinese vessel near Recto Bank but maintained that what happened was a "little" maritime incident.
A MUM whose baby died shortly after birth has claimed her concerns were "belittled" on the labour ward.
The policeman claimed to prosecutors: "She belittled me and called me bad names.
People were more worried about what it said concerning Pakatan Harapan's stance, that it was being led by DAP, that Malay special rights would be belittled.
Summary: New Delhi [India], Feb 14 (ANI): Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan belittled Pakistan by calling it a 'chhutputiya desh' (small country).