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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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  • 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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