May 15, 2017
belittle (verb)
\bih-LIT-ul\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
: to make (a person or a thing) seem little or unimportant
How do you use it?
Mr. Sayeed agreed to start an after school writing workshop for students interested in sharing their stories, with the understanding that members were never to belittle each other's work.
Are you a word wiz?

"Belittle" has a number of synonyms, none of which sounds so much like what it means as "belittle" does. Which of the following do you think is one of the synonyms of "belittle"?

We don't mean to belittle the other choices, but Answer B, "disparage," is the right answer. Both "belittle" and "disparage" mean "to express a low opinion of," but they are used a little differently. "Belittle" usually suggests an attitude that lacks respect or shows envy, as in "People who belittle others with insulting words often become unpopular." "Disparage" is often used when a description is unfavorable, as in "One person disparaged the novel as the worst book ever written."
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