Word Origin 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 1400–50; late Middle English;
Medieval Latin dīminuere
to make smaller) and
minishen minish Related forms di·min·ish·a·ble, adjective di·min·ish·ment, noun non·di·min·ish·ing, adjective pre·di·min·ish, verb (used with object) pre·di·min·ish·ment, noun un·di·min·ish·a·ble, adjective un·di·min·ish·a·ble·ness, noun un·di·min·ish·a·bly, adverb un·di·min·ished, adjective un·di·min·ish·ing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for non-diminishing 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 Derived Forms diminishable, adjective diminishingly, adverb diminishment, noun Word Origin for diminish
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 non-diminishing v.
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.
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