American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Smaller in amount, value, or importance, especially in a comparison between two things: chose the lesser evil.
- adj. Of a smaller size than other, similar forms: the lesser anteater.
- adv. 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.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- adj. comparative form of little: more little
- adj. of two things, the smaller in size, value, importance etc.
- n. a thing that is of smaller size, value, importance etc.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. of less size or importance
- adj. smaller in size or amount or value
- less + -er (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from lesse, less; see less. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The term lesser epic includes the numerous forms of narrative poems from the old-time ballad to the modern story-telling poem.”
“The evil is in letting our feelings deny other people their rightful place as human beings inhabiting the same planet, experiencing the universal prospect that one day in the not too distant future, what we call lesser creatures will inhabit the earth, and there will be no more any such thing as one human being harboring racial hatred for another.”
“Aides to Rumsfeld insist that this kind of a deployment falls under what he calls a lesser contingency that the U.S. is prepared to take care of even while it's involved in major operation like what's going on in Iraq.”
“Consequently the lesser is and to be affected more or less by the greater, and, therefore, we find that this country is gradually assimilating American, ideas with regard to almost everything.”
“Campbell said he also intends to talk testify about the impact of military, which he called the lesser of two evils, on Juarez and its people.”
“To think of Hinayana as somehow "lesser" is significantly to misunderstand Tibetan views, in which so-called”
“She has deftly tackled subject matter that in lesser hands could have been maudlin, even trite — but has triumphed in a way that elevates us.”
“What might, in lesser hands, have evolved into an overly familiar revenge scenario becomes, instead, a viscerally effective narrative and an empathetic reflection on the consequences of male aggression.”
“What follows is a story about loss and learning to live that could have felt awfully familiar in lesser hands.”
“But with scripts in lesser hands, that could happen as early as season 4 — and that would be a shame.”
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