I ask Cupp if she thinks news editors start their meetings by asking, “How can we belittle Christianity today?”
Hand it off to a hen-pecked husband or a put-upon assistant and it can demean or belittle.
To belittle her as a thumper/clinger is to diminish many hardworking folks in the heart of the nation.
Belittle! What an expression! It may be an elegant one in Virginia, and even perfectly intelligible; but for our part, all we can do is to guess at its meaning. For shame, Mr. Jefferson! ["European Magazine and London Review," 1787, reporting on "Notes on the State of Virginia"; to guess was considered another barbarous Yankeeism.]Jefferson used it to characterize Buffon's view that American life was stunted by nature, which he was refuting. The figurative sense of "depreciate, scorn as worthless" (as the reviewers did to this word) is from 1797. Related: Belittled; belittling.