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Definition of Diminish

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

The most important things are the hardest things to say. They are the things you get ashamed of because words diminish your feelings - words shrink things that seem timeless when they are in your head to no more than living size when they are brought out.
Stephen King

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

Another argument, vaguer and even less persuasive, is that gay marriage somehow does harm to heterosexual marriage. I have yet to meet anyone who can explain to me what this means. In what way would allowing same-sex partners to marry diminish the marriages of heterosexual couples?
Ted Olson

A man can no more diminish God's glory by refusing to worship Him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling the word, 'darkness' on the walls of his cell.
C. S. Lewis

How strangely do we diminish a thing as soon as we try to express it in words. - Maurice Maeterlinck
How strangely do we diminish a thing as soon as we try to express it in words.
Maurice Maeterlinck
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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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