Can someone help me finding an expression for "making a big incident/problem as a minor one" by ignoring it or taking it casually?

I want to insist someone to concentrate on the main incident when they deliberately try to ignore the core point and hang on to trivial things.

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    – Andrew Leach
    Apr 29, 2018 at 10:28
  • @Andrew Leach Thank you . I am struggling to convey my point :l
    – tyro
    Apr 29, 2018 at 10:38
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    I would suggest that the answer is already within the question: trivializing. "Trivializing a problem doesn't solve it."
    – Bread
    Apr 29, 2018 at 11:47
  • @Bread thank you .. i think i was looking for this
    – tyro
    Apr 29, 2018 at 13:18

3 Answers 3


Legitimately 'downplaying' a problem to get it into context is a valid 'de-escalation', in my view, reducing a problem to its true proportion.

But the OP asks for a word which expresses 'ignoring it or taking it casually' which I think makes @Bread 's comment ('trivialize') appropriate :

To make trivial; to render commonplace or trifling.


Never forget — or trivialize — the Holocaust

Washington Post 27 Apr 2018


downplay as in: The government are trying to downplay the violence which broke out yesterday.


to play down (something) TFD

to make something seem less important or remarkable.

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