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Definition of Diminish


  1. To make smaller in any manner; to reduce in bulk or amount; to lessen; -- opposed to augment or increase.
  2. To lessen the authority or dignity of; to put down; to degrade; to abase; to weaken.
  3. To make smaller by a half step; to make (an interval) less than minor; as, a diminished seventh.
  4. To take away; to subtract.
  5. To become or appear less or smaller; to lessen; as, the apparent size of an object diminishes as we recede from it.

Diminish Quotations

When you challenge other people's ideas of who or how you should be, they may try to diminish and disgrace you. It can happen in small ways in hidden places, or in big ways on a world stage. You can spend a lifetime resenting the tests, angry about the slights and the injustices. Or, you can rise above it.
Carly Fiorina

There are two ways of being happy: We must either diminish our wants or augment our means - either may do - the result is the same and it is for each man to decide for himself and to do that which happens to be easier.
Benjamin Franklin

People's ideas and fears can make them small but they cannot make you small. People's prejudices can diminish them but they cannot diminish you. Small-minded people can think they determine your worth. But only you can determine your worth.
Carly Fiorina

Whatever talents I possess may suddenly diminish or suddenly increase. I can with ease become an ordinary fool. I may be one now. But it doesn't do to upset one's own vanity.
Dylan Thomas

Any system that sees aesthetics as irrelevant, that separates the artist from his product, that fragments the work of the individual, or creates by committee, or makes mincemeat of the creative process will, in the long run, diminish not only the product but the maker as well.
Paul Rand
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Diminish Translations

diminish in Afrikaans is verminder
diminish in Dutch is verminderen, afnemen
diminish in German is vermindern
diminish in Italian is rimpicciolire, diminuire
diminish in Latin is reseco, minuo minui minutum
diminish in Norwegian is forminske
diminish in Portuguese is diminua
diminish in Spanish is disminuir, achicar
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