belittle vs minimise what difference

what is difference between belittle and minimise

English

Etymology

From be- +‎ little. Coined by Thomas Jefferson in 1782

Pronunciation

  • (UK, US) IPA(key): /bɨˈlɪt.əl/
  • Rhymes: -ɪtəl

Verb

belittle (third-person singular simple present belittles, present participle belittling, simple past and past participle belittled)

  1. (transitive) To knowingly say that something is smaller or less important than it actually is, especially as a way of showing contempt or deprecation. [from 1782]
    Synonyms: understate, make light of, denigrate, degrade, deprecate, disparage, downplay, play down, trivialize, bagatellize
    Antonym: exaggerate

Derived terms

  • belittled
  • belittlement
  • belittling

Translations

See also

  • vilipend
  • cut down

References



English

Verb

minimise (third-person singular simple present minimises, present participle minimising, simple past and past participle minimised)

  1. Non-Oxford British English standard spelling of minimize.

French

Verb

minimise

  1. first-person singular present indicative of minimiser
  2. third-person singular present indicative of minimiser
  3. first-person singular present subjunctive of minimiser
  4. third-person singular present subjunctive of minimiser
  5. second-person singular imperative of minimiser

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