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Synonyms for belittling

Noun

1. denigration, belittling, disparagement, depreciation, derogation
usage: a belittling comment
2. belittling, disparagement, dispraise
usage: the act of belittling

Verb

1. minimize, belittle, denigrate, derogate, disparage, belittle, pick at
usage: cause to seem less serious; play down; "Don't belittle his influence"
2. disparage, belittle, pick at, knock, criticize, criticise, pick apart
usage: express a negative opinion of; "She disparaged her student's efforts"
3. diminish, belittle, decrease, lessen, minify
usage: lessen the authority, dignity, or reputation of; "don't belittle your colleagues"

Adjective

1. belittling, deprecating, deprecative, deprecatory, depreciative, depreciatory, slighting, uncomplimentary (vs. complimentary)
usage: tending to diminish or disparage; "belittling comments"; "managed a deprecating smile at the compliment"; "deprecatory remarks about the book"; "a slighting remark"
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