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less·er

 (lĕs′ər)
adj.A comparative of little
1. Smaller in amount, value, or importance, especially in a comparison between two things: chose the lesser evil.
2. Of a smaller size than other, similar forms: the lesser anteater.
adv.A comparative of little
Less. Used before a participle: a lesser-known writer.
n.
One that is lower in importance, rank, magnitude, or degree: the lesser of two evils.

[Middle English, from lesse, less; see less.]

lesser

(ˈlɛsə)
adj
not as great in quantity, size, or worth

less•er

(ˈlɛs ər)

adj. a compar. of little with least as superl.
1. smaller, as in size, value, or importance: a lesser evil.
adv. a compar. of little with least as superl.
2. less.
[1175–1225]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.lesser - of less size or importance; "the lesser anteater"; "the lesser of two evils"
greater - greater in size or importance or degree; "for the greater good of the community"; "the greater Antilles"
2.lesser - smaller in size or amount or value; "the lesser powers of Europe"; "the lesser anteater"
little, small - limited or below average in number or quantity or magnitude or extent; "a little dining room"; "a little house"; "a small car"; "a little (or small) group"

lesser

adjective lower, slighter, secondary, subsidiary, subordinate, inferior, less important He was feared by other, lesser, men.
higher, greater, major, primary, superior

lesser

adjective
Below another in standing or importance:
Informal: smalltime.
Translations
أقَل منالأقَل
méněmenší
mindre
minna; líttminni; óæîri; síîri
daha az/küçükdaha küçük olandaha önemsiz

lesser

[ˈlesəʳ] ADJ COMPAR of lessmenor
to a lesser extent or degreeen menor grado
he pleaded guilty to the lesser chargese declaró culpable del cargo menor
the lesser of two evilsel menor de dos males

lesser

[ˈlɛsər]
adj comparativemoindre
to a lesser extent, to a lesser degree → à un degré moindre
pron
the lesser of two evils → le moindre des deux mauxlesser-known [ˌlɛsərˈnəʊn] adj comparativemoins connu(e)

lesser

adjgeringer; (in names) → klein; to a lesser extentin geringerem Maße; a lesser amountein kleinerer Betrag; the lesser weightdas leichtere Gewicht; lesser offence (Brit) or offense (US) (Jur) → Vergehen nt, → Übertretung f; which is the lesser crime?welches Verbrechen ist weniger schlimm?; he is a lesser man than his brother (= less good)er ist kein so guter Mensch wie sein Bruder; (= less great)er ist weniger bedeutend als sein Bruder

lesser

[ˈlɛsəʳ] adj (importance, degree) → minore; (size) → più piccolo/a
to a lesser extent or degree → in grado or misura minore
the lesser of two evils → il minore dei due mali

less

(les) adjective
(often with than) not as much (as). Think of a number less than forty; He drank his tea and wished he had put less sugar in it; The salary for that job will be not less than $30,000.
adverb
not as much or to a smaller extent. I like her less every time I see her; You should smoke less if you want to remain healthy.
pronoun
a smaller part or amount. He has less than I have.
preposition
minus. He earns $280 a week less $90 income tax.
ˈlessen verb
to make or become less. The fan lessened the heat a little; When the children left, the noise lessened considerably.
ˈlesser adjective
smaller or not as important. the lesser of the two towns.
adverb
less. the lesser-known streets of London.
the less … the less/more
etc . The less I see of him, the better (pleased I'll be)!; The less I practise, the less confident I become; The less I try, the more I succeed.
no less a person etc than
as great a person etc as: I had tea with no less a person than the Prime Minister
less is used in speaking about quantity or amount: People should eat less fat ; I've less than $100 in the bank .
fewer sould be used in speaking about numbers of individual things or people: I've fewer books than he has ; There were fewer than 50 people at the meeting .

lesser

a. comp. of less menor; más pequeño.
References in classic literature ?
After various lesser mishaps, Meg was finished at last, and by the united exertions of the entire family Jo's hair was got up and her dress on.
His head, on the whole of which the hair had been permitted to grow, the pursuits of war having so long been abandoned, was encircled by a sort of plated diadem, which, in its turn, bore lesser and more glittering ornaments, that sparkled amid the glossy hues of three drooping ostrich feathers, dyed a deep black, in touching contrast to the color of his snow-white locks.
No lesser sense of the infant fowl's importance could have justified, even in a mother's eyes, the perseverance with which she watched over its safety, ruffling her small person to twice its proper size, and flying in everybody's face that so much as looked towards her hopeful progeny.
The greater idiot ever scolds the lesser, muttered Ahab, advancing.
When Jurgis had first inspected the packing plants with Szedvilas, he had marveled while he listened to the tale of all the things that were made out of the carcasses of animals, and of all the lesser industries that were maintained there; now he found that each one of these lesser industries was a separate little inferno, in its way as horrible as the killing beds, the source and fountain of them all.
Haley, accustomed to strike the balance of probabilities between lies of greater or lesser magnitude, thought that it lay in favor of the dirt road aforesaid.
That, it meseemeth, might well be," said the abbot, who saw his opportunity to smooth things and avert disaster, "for it were not likely that so wonderful a gift as this would be conferred for the revelation of the concerns of lesser beings than such as be born near to the summits of greatness.
A beautiful air ran through the music, without ceasing, sometimes loud and strong, sometimes so soft that it could hardly be distinguished--but it was always there; it swung grandly along through the shrill whistling of the storm-wind, the rattling patter of the rain, and the boom and crash of the thunder; it wound soft and low through the lesser sounds, the distant ones, such as the throbbing of the convent bell, the melodious winding of the hunter's horn, the distressed bayings of his dogs, and the solemn chanting of the monks; it rose again, with a jubilant ring, and mingled itself with the country songs and dances of the peasants assembled in the convent hall to cheer up the rescued huntsman while he ate his supper.
His opinion, however, made some little amends for his delay, for though acknowledging a very unexpected and unpleasant alteration in his patient, he would not allow the danger to be material, and talked of the relief which a fresh mode of treatment must procure, with a confidence which, in a lesser degree, was communicated to Elinor.
But, the lesser grindstone stood alone there in the calm morning air, with a red upon it that the sun had never given, and would never take away.
The great remembrance by which that time is marked in my mind, seems to have swallowed up all lesser recollections, and to exist alone.
Baby was christened, the rector deciding that a double baptism was the lesser risk to incur; and on this occasion Silas, making himself as clean and tidy as he could, appeared for the first time within the church, and shared in the observances held sacred by his neighbours.