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di·min·ish

 (dĭ-mĭn′ĭsh)
v. di·min·ished, di·min·ish·ing, di·min·ish·es
v.tr.
1.
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.
v.intr.
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-2 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]

di·min′ish·a·ble adj.
di·min′ish·ment n.
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We begin to live a forgiven and forgiving life when we are truthful about confessions that must be given or received, when we strive to live with a repentant spirit and a merciful heart, and, perhaps most important, when we commit ourselves to unlearning habits of domination, diminishment, self-deception, resentment, and bitterness and replace them with the liberating practices of justice, mercy, truthfulness, gratitude, peacefulness, and joy.
Your friend is the angel of the annunciation summoning you to remain life-size in a time of moral diminishment.