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[triv-ee-uh-lahyz] /ˈtrɪv i əˌlaɪz/
verb (used with object), trivialized, trivializing.
to make trivial; cause to appear unimportant, trifling, etc.
Also, especially British, trivialise.
Origin of trivialize
1840-50; trivial + -ize
Related forms
trivialization, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for trivialize
  • Also don't let yourselves trivialize the issues involved.
  • When you secularize a religious holiday, you thoroughly trivialize it.
  • On the other hand, devout persons might feel that these prayers trivialize religion.
  • It is also important not to trivialize what has happened.
  • We in the mainstream media sometimes trivialize what the smaller newspapers do.
British Dictionary definitions for trivialize


(transitive) to cause to seem trivial or more trivial; minimize: he trivialized his injuries
Derived Forms
trivialization, trivialisation, noun
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Word Origin and History for trivialize

1846, from trivial + -ize. Related: Trivialized; trivializing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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