belittling


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be·lit·tle

 (bĭ-lĭt′l)
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
References in classic literature ?
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.
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According to reporter, the fact-finding team which visited Kathua before filing of charge-sheet against the culprits in its report rejected the demand for CBI probe, saying 'it would amount to belittling judiciary' which was monitoring investigation of the case.
According to Kashmir Media Service, the fact-finding team which visited Kathua before filing of charge-sheet against the culprits in its report rejected the demand for CBI probe, saying "it would amount to belittling judiciary" which was monitoring investigation of the case.
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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.