verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of diminish
Examples from the Web for diminishment
Chekhov has talked about this, that any designation besides writer (Russian writer, whatever) was a diminishment.
Does that increasing skill set make up for the diminishment of a rags-to-riches mythology?
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
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|Irving Bacheller
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
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
British Dictionary definitions for diminishment
Word Origin for diminish
Word Origin and History for diminishment
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.