Definition of belittle:
downplay, carp at, detract from, fall, discredit, detract, pick at, calumniate, show, deprecate, dishonor, slight, downgrade, diminish, peck at, decrease, smirch, run down, talk down, asperse, defame, pluck at, lessen, understate, sully, minimise, peck, decry, slander, derogate, denigrate, pull at, attack, disparage, smear, besmirch, minimize, underrate, derogate from.
- cheapen (part of speech: verb)
- shorten (part of speech: verb)
- underestimate (part of speech: verb)
lower (part of speech: verb)
- study at depreciate
Surely, the power of the tribune and of the press combined, these two great forces of civilization,- it is not I who seek to deny or belittle them; but see how many efforts of all kinds it would have required, in every direction, and under every form, by the tribune and by the newspaper, by the book and by the spoken word, to succeed even in shaking the universal prejudice in favor of these four fatal institutions!- "Napoleon the Little", Victor Hugo.
- "Jewish Fairy Tales and Legends", Gertrude Landa.
- "The Testing of Diana Mallory", Mrs. Humphry Ward.