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Negative ConnotationPlay
Using 'belittle' suggests a critical and dismissive attitude towards someone or something. SlideHis speech seemed to belittle the importance of the event.
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Often PersonalPlay
'Belittle' can often be personal, aiming to make someone feel less competent or valued. SlideThe coach's harsh words belittled the player's confidence.
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Psychological ImpactPlay
The act of belittling can have a harmful psychological effect on the receiver. SlideConstantly being belittled at work affected her self-esteem.