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[dih-min-ish] /dɪˈmɪn ɪʃ/
verb (used with object)
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.
verb (used without object)
to lessen; decrease.
Origin of diminish
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English; blend of diminuen (< Anglo-French diminuer < Medieval Latin dīminuere for Latin dēminuere to make smaller) and minishen minish
Related forms
diminishable, adjective
diminishment, noun
nondiminishing, adjective
prediminish, verb (used with object)
prediminishment, noun
undiminishable, adjective
undiminishableness, noun
undiminishably, adverb
undiminished, adjective
undiminishing, adjective
Synonym Study
5. See decrease. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for undiminished
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  • When seen at all, her tower was pure white and undiminished.

    She Buildeth Her House Will Comfort
  • "He has done so," replied the countess, with undiminished stateliness.

    Fairy Fingers Anna Cora Mowatt Ritchie
  • He hugged his friend a little closer but with undiminished confidence.

    Southern Hearts Florence Hull Winterburn
  • She wanted him to see that her love was undiminished, and that he could count on it.

    The Explorer W. Somerset Maugham
  • Then, seeing us follow at undiminished speed, it would straighten out again and dart away like an arrow.

    Over Prairie Trails Frederick Philip Grove
  • Heliet answered her gently, gravely, but held her own with undiminished calmness.

    A Forgotten Hero Emily Sarah Holt
British Dictionary definitions for undiminished


not reduced or lessened


to make or become smaller, fewer, or less
(transitive) (architect) to cause (a column, etc) to taper
(transitive) (music) to decrease (a minor or perfect interval) by a semitone
to belittle or be belittled; reduce in authority, status, etc; depreciate
Derived Forms
diminishable, adjective
diminishingly, adverb
diminishment, noun
Word Origin
C15: blend of diminuen to lessen (from Latin dēminuere to make smaller, from minuere to reduce) + archaic minish to lessen
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Word Origin and History for undiminished

1580s, from un- (1) "not" + past participle of 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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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