- 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
Related Words for diminishmentdepreciation, diminution, extenuation, attenuation, declination, regression, diminuendo, retrenchment
Examples from the Web for diminishment
Contemporary Examples of diminishment
Chekhov has talked about this, that any designation besides writer (Russian writer, whatever) was a diminishment.Ron Rash: How I Write
February 27, 2013
Does that increasing skill set make up for the diminishment of a rags-to-riches mythology?American Idol at a Crossroads
January 11, 2010
Historical Examples of diminishment
For an instant there was no diminishment of the pace; then the horses head came down, and Jacks feet again touched earth.Weatherby's Inning
Ralph Henry Barbour
Its population suffered some diminishment in the next two years in spite of its position on the main highway of trade.A Man for the Ages
Although the light was decreasing, I could perceive no diminishment in the apparent speed of the sun.The House on the Borderland
William Hope Hodgson
Not that this diminishment of her handwriting in any sense lessened the effect upon me of the sentiments it conveyed.Memoirs of a Midget
Walter de la Mare
- 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 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.