Definitions

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  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of diminish.
  • adj. lessened, reduced.
  • adj. reduced by a semitone

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Lessened; made smaller; contracted; hence, belittled; degraded.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. impaired by diminution
  • adj. made to seem smaller or less (especially in worth)
  • adj. (of an organ or body part) diminished in size or strength as a result of disease or injury or lack of use
  • adj. (of musical intervals) reduction by a semitone of any perfect or minor musical interval

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Examples

  • With scholarly conversations concerning the economy and the horizon comes the phrase "diminished expectations."

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  • But neighbors say his dire circumstances and what they describe as his diminished mental health make him vulnerable to exploitation.

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  • Ms. ROSIN: Well, there's a lot of studies done on testosterone and what happens to testosterone, and does it decrease when men are in diminished positions?

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  • Housing was a major source of national wealth for decades, and home equity, however sadly diminished, is still the biggest single piece of wealth many Americans have.

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  • Also, I had the recent experience of reading Joel Shepherd's C Kresnov novels which are largely the same ideas but much better executed and thus put The Quiet War in diminished light.

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  • They are still around in diminished numbers, and probably will continue spreading their roots in the sandy soil as they have for millennia, taking hold for future generations.

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  • And some of the suspense was diminished from the knowledge of how certain characters were destined to remain alive and appear in the first book.

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  • The prevailing opinion is that all of them are signs of insulin resistance, which is defined as the diminished ability of a given concentration of insulin to exert its normal biological effect.

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  • Forgoing proper, repetitive weapons training comes with a price on the streets, police say, in diminished accuracy, quickness on the draw and basic decision-making skills.

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  • Some members, particularly Saudi Arabia, have raised alarms that costly crude could damage the world economy and lead to long-term diminished demand for oil.

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