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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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As she was asked to wait for the policeman to complete his procedures, the Irish woman, according to records, was reported to have gazed at the policeman's belittlingly and spoke mockingly about him with her companion.
Scarlett has already pouted with "bored impatience" at the Tarleton twins' talk of war (27); now she belittlingly ascribes the interruption of the Wilkes's barbecue to "Mr.
Before Baxter speaks, Perowne tries to see the room through his eyes, as if that might help predict the degree of trouble ahead: the two bottles of champagne, the gin and the bowls of lemon and ice, the belittlingly high ceiling and its mouldings, the Bridget Riley prints flanking the Hodgkin, the muted lamps, the cherry wood floor beneath the Persian rugs, the careless piles of serious books, the decades of polish in the thakat table.