What is the opposite of emphasise?

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Opposite of to emphasize, stress, or indicate the importance of
“To say that fantasy movies have not been a big draw at the box office is to understate the matter.”
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Opposite of to draw special attention to
“We can de-emphasize their importance as primary instruments of justice while we place the highest priority on social and economic justice.”
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Opposite of to put into italics
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Opposite of to emphasize, stress, or indicate the importance of
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Opposite of to exaggerate, use hyperbole
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Opposite of to encourage (a behavior, feeling, relationship or idea) through repeated stimulus
“His attitude remained surly and his parents' and teachers' reprimands seemed to encourage rather than discourage his bad behavior.”
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(typography) Opposite of to make a typeface have a thicker or heavier stroke
“I can't read any of this until you narrow the typeface.”
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Opposite of to fix one's attention at something or someone
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Opposite of state positively and assertively
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Opposite of to render comprehensible or understandable
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Opposite of to expose or reveal the true nature or character of
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Opposite of to make a claim
“We are expecting the accused to deny that he is guilty.”
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Opposite of focus attention on
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