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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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.belittling - a belittling comment
derogation, disparagement, depreciation - a communication that belittles somebody or something
2.belittling - the act of belittling
dispraise, disparagement - the act of speaking contemptuously of
Adj.1.belittling - tending to diminish or disparage; "belittling comments"; "managed a deprecating smile at the compliment"; "deprecatory remarks about the book"; "a slighting remark"
uncomplimentary - tending to (or intended to) detract or disparage
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The old navy in its last days earned a fame that no belittling malevolence dare cavil at.
It was all very well for Anne, who was sure of passing at least, to have her moments of belittling them, but when your whole future depended on them--as the girls truly thought theirs did-- you could not regard them philosophically.
There was a fine manliness observable in almost every face; and in some a certain loftiness and sweetness that rebuked your belittling criticisms and stilled them.
It is a satire on modern man and his belittling virtues.
But in the long run when the belittling process is fully carried out nations will disappear.
Atienza said belittling Uson's recognition would be unfair for the entertainer-turned-Palace official, and at one point asked if her critics could achieve what Uson has achieved.
But if she carries on belittling you in front of your colleagues, then speak to someone in HR and get their advice - because it's bullying behaviour.
Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu denounces a Tehran anti-Israel cartoon contest themed around the Holocaust, accusing Iran of denying and belittling it as well as "preparing another Holocaust".
It's a h i li t th phenomenon in gaelic games at the minute where everyone is trying to belittle our games - and unfortunately it's our own that's doing most of the belittling.
Belittling Lyoune means belittling Rabat, lying about Dakhla means lying about Tangiers and slandering Smara means slandering Fez," said Hilale at a UNHRC debate on minorities.
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The Olympics is about winning and you're belittling that if you say let's throw a spectacle by picking someone more popular.