Synonyms of 'downplay'
The government are trying to downplay the violence which broke out yesterday.
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If you soft-pedal something, you deliberately reduce the amount of activity or pressure that you have been using to get something done or seen.
go easy (informal)
Thesaurus for downplay from the Collins English Thesaurus
If you downplay a fact or feature , you try to make people think that it is less important or serious than it really is.