- to make or cause to seem smaller, less, less important, etc.; lessen; reduce.
- Architecture. to give (a column) a form tapering inward from bottom to top.
- Music. to make (an interval) smaller by a chromatic half step than the corresponding perfect or minor interval.
- to detract from the authority, honor, stature, or reputation of; disparage.
- to lessen; decrease.
Origin of diminish
Examples from the Web for diminish
He exploited a physique that most would try desperately to diminish.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days
December 13, 2014
Does government enhance or diminish the safety of the governed?War! What Is It Good For? A Lot
August 13, 2014
You diminish your power; you also diminish your ability to help the cause if you start doing every cause.The Political Passion of Robin Williams, From Reagan-Bashing to AIDS Prevention
August 13, 2014
And yet that does not diminish the responsibilities you have to be better than those you oppose.How Not to Reply to a Racist Tweet
August 11, 2014
That comment is in line with previous Obama statements seeking to diminish the threat that Russia poses to the United States.Obama: Russia ‘Doesn’t Make Anything’ (Except for These Weapons He Buys)
August 5, 2014
We cannot increase or diminish God's holiness by anything that we do.An Explanation of Luther's Small Catechism
Night brought no change, unless it was to diminish the force of the wind.Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
Nor will it diminish in your estimation, John, which money might.'Life And Adventures Of Martin Chuzzlewit
Nevertheless the amount of custom at Mr. Farnham's did not diminish much.The Widow O'Callaghan's Boys
The refinement and the multiplicity of pleasures also diminish the attractions of marriage.The Sexual Question
- to make or become smaller, fewer, or less
- (tr) architect to cause (a column, etc) to taper
- (tr) music to decrease (a minor or perfect interval) by a semitone
- to belittle or be belittled; reduce in authority, status, etc; depreciate
Word Origin and History for diminish
early 15c., from merger of two obsolete verbs, diminue and minish. Diminue is from Old French diminuer "make small," from Latin diminuere "break into small pieces," variant of deminuere "lessen, diminish," from de- "completely" + minuere "make small" (see minus).
Minish is from Old French menuisier, from Latin minuere. Related: Diminished; diminishes; diminishing.