Belittle and Defame


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Belittle verb – To express scornfully one's low opinion of.
Usage example: belittled the movie hunk's acting ability

Defame is a synonym for belittle in denigrate topic. In some cases you can use "Defame" instead a verb "Belittle", when it comes to topics like scoff at, run down.
Nearby Word: belittling
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Defame verb – To make untrue and harmful statements about.
Usage example: of course I want to win the election, but I refuse to defame my opponent in order to do so

Belittle is a synonym for defame in denigrate topic. Sometimes you can use "Belittle" instead a verb "Defame".
Nearby Words: defamation, defaming
Synonyms for Defame

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name belittle name defame name
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