belittle

  1. cause to seem less serious; play down

    Synonyms : denigrate, derogate, minimize
    Type Of : disparage, pick at
    Examples :
    • Don't belittle his influence
  2. express a negative opinion of

    Synonyms : disparage, pick at
    Type Of : knock, pick apart, criticise, criticize
  3. lessen the authority, dignity, or reputation of

    Synonyms : diminish
    Type Of : minify, lessen, decrease
    Examples :
    • don't belittle your colleagues

belie

  1. be in contradiction with

    Synonyms : contradict, negate
    Type Of : deviate, diverge, depart, vary
  2. represent falsely

    Synonyms : misrepresent
    Type Of : represent

beleaguer

  1. annoy persistently

    Synonyms : badger, bug, pester, tease
    Type Of : torment, bedevil, crucify, dun, frustrate, rag
  2. surround so as to force to give up

    Synonyms : besiege, circumvent, hem in, surround
    Type Of : attack, assail

belabor

  1. to work at or to absurd length

    Synonyms : belabour
    Type Of : work on, work at
    Examples :
    • belabor the obvious
  2. beat soundly

    Synonyms : belabour
    Type Of : work over, beat up, beat
  3. attack verbally with harsh criticism

    Synonyms : belabour
    Type Of : knock, pick apart, criticise, criticize
    Examples :
    • She was belabored by her fellow students

beguile

  1. influence by slyness

    Synonyms : hoodwink, juggle
    Type Of : chisel, cheat, rip off
  2. attract; cause to be enamored

    Synonyms : becharm, bewitch, captivate, capture, catch, charm, enamor, enamour, enchant, entrance, fascinate, trance
    Type Of : attract, appeal

begrudge

  1. wish ill or allow unwillingly

    Synonyms : resent
    Antonyms : wish
  2. be envious of; set one's heart on

    Synonyms : envy
    Type Of : desire, want

befuddle

  1. be confusing or perplexing to; cause to be unable to think clearly

    Synonyms : bedevil, confound, confuse, discombobulate, fox, fuddle, throw
    Type Of : be
    Examples :
    • This question befuddled even the teacher
  2. make stupid with alcohol

    Synonyms : fuddle
    Type Of : soak, inebriate, intoxicate

bastion

  1. a stronghold into which people could go for shelter during a battle

    Synonyms : citadel
    Type Of : stronghold, fastness
  2. a group that defends a principle

    Type Of : defense force, defence, defence force, defense
    Examples :
    • a bastion against corruption
    • the last bastion of communism
  3. projecting part of a rampart or other fortification

    Type Of : fortification, munition

bard

  1. put a caparison on

    Synonyms : barde, caparison, dress up
    Type Of : embellish, grace, ornament, adorn, beautify, decorate
  2. a lyric poet

    Type Of : poet
  3. an ornamental caparison for a horse

    Type Of : trapping, housing, caparison

bane

  1. something causing misery or death

    Synonyms : curse, nemesis, scourge
    Type Of : affliction
    Examples :
    • the bane of my life