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v. di·min·ished, di·min·ish·ing, di·min·ish·es
a. To make smaller or less; reduce or lessen. See Synonyms at decrease.
b. To detract from the authority, reputation, or prestige of: "Her upper-class perfection ... somehow diminished me" (Shirley Abbott).
2. To cause to taper.
3. Music To reduce (a perfect or minor interval) by a semitone.
1. To become smaller or less.
2. To taper.

[Middle English diminishen, blend of diminuen, to lessen (from Old French diminuer, from Latin dīminuere, variant of dēminuere : dē-, de- + minuere, to lessen) and minishen, to reduce (from Old French minuiser, from Vulgar Latin *minūtiāre, from Latin minūtia, smallness, from minūtus, small, from past participle of minuere); see mei- in Indo-European roots.]

di·min′ish·a·ble adj.
di·min′ish·ment n.


1. reduced or lessened; made smaller
2. (Music, other) music denoting any minor or perfect interval reduced by a semitone
3. (Music, other) music denoting a triad consisting of the root plus a minor third and a diminished fifth
4. (Jazz) music (postpositive) (esp in jazz or pop music) denoting a diminished seventh chord having as its root the note specified: B diminished.
5. (Pop Music) music (postpositive) (esp in jazz or pop music) denoting a diminished seventh chord having as its root the note specified: B diminished.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.diminished - impaired by diminution
impaired - diminished in strength, quality, or utility; "impaired eyesight"
2.diminished - (of an organ or body part) diminished in size or strength as a result of disease or injury or lack of use; "partial paralysis resulted in an atrophied left arm"
3.diminished - (of musical intervals) reduction by a semitone of any perfect or minor musical interval; "a diminished fifth"
music - an artistic form of auditory communication incorporating instrumental or vocal tones in a structured and continuous manner
decreased, reduced - made less in size or amount or degree
4.diminished - made to seem smaller or less (especially in worth)diminished - made to seem smaller or less (especially in worth); "her comments made me feel small"
decreased, reduced - made less in size or amount or degree


A. ADJ [value] → reducido; [ability] → limitado (Mus) [interval] → disminuido
a diminished staffuna plantilla reducida
B. CPD diminished responsibility N (Jur) → responsabilidad f disminuida


[dɪˈmɪnɪʃt] adj (value, importance) → ridotto/a


(diˈminiʃ) verb
to make or become less. Our supplies are diminishing rapidly.
diˈminished adjective
(negative undiminished).
References in classic literature ?
John did not find Meg's beauty diminished, though she beamed at him from behind the familiar coffee pot.
She was there, in the full vigour of her personality, battered but not diminished, looking at me, speaking to me in the husky, breathy voice I remembered so well.
The people possessed by hereditary right the quality of reverence, which, in their descendants, if it survive at all, exists in smaller proportion, and with a vastly diminished force in the selection and estimate of public men.
The moon made the night extraordinarily penetrable and showed me on the lawn a person, diminished by distance, who stood there motionless and as if fascinated, looking up to where I had appeared--looking, that is, not so much straight at me as at something that was apparently above me.
Because, while the whales of this order, though smaller than those of the former order, nevertheless retain a proportionate likeness to them in figure, yet the bookbinder's Quarto volume in its diminished form does not preserve the shape of the Folio volume, but the Octavo volume does.
As it was, he could be compared with nothing known to men, save that newest discovery of the savants, a substance which emits energy for an unlimited time, without being itself in the least diminished in power.
The opportunities of living are diminished in proportion as that are called the "means" are increased.
The master's arm performed until it was tired and the stock of switches notably diminished.
Perhaps, then, it would be better for all parties, if the sum were diminished one half.
Something especially reckless in his demeanour, not only gave him a disreputable look, but so diminished the strong resemblance he undoubtedly bore to the prisoner (which his momentary earnestness, when they were compared together, had strengthened), that many of the lookers-on, taking note of him now, said to one another they would hardly have thought the two were so alike.
It was a strange figure -- like a child: yet not so like a child as like an old man, viewed through some supernatural medium, which gave him the appearance of having receded from the view, and being diminished to a child's proportions.
So soon as Squire Cass's standing dishes diminished in plenty and freshness, his guests had nothing to do but to walk a little higher up the village to Mr.