- 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 undiminishedsheer, all-out, ultimate, unconditional, absolute, exhaustive, uncut, uncensored, entire, full, outright, thorough, unified, integrated, uttermost, last, top, chief, outside, total
Examples from the Web for undiminished
Contemporary Examples of undiminished
You think back to their arrival that day, to their undiminished pride.Bernard-Henri Levy: Have I Become an Undesirable in Libya?
March 27, 2013
He had an undiminished sense of the possible, and how to push the boundaries.Robert Shrum on Friend George McGovern, the Prophet Politician
October 22, 2012
These issues took a backseat during the 2010 elections, but their power to motivate these voters is undiminished.The Republicans' CPAC Misfire
February 11, 2011
But every second of our short interaction has stayed with me, undiminished by the passing of more than a decade.The Problem With Pro-Choice Men
February 5, 2010
Historical Examples of undiminished
"He has done so," replied the countess, with undiminished stateliness.Fairy Fingers
Anna Cora Mowatt Ritchie
From time to time it gave forth its tributaries, yet seemingly was undiminished.Child and Country
Will Levington Comfort
She wanted him to see that her love was undiminished, and that he could count on it.The Explorer
W. Somerset Maugham
The shouting from the Barracouta kept on with undiminished vigor.Jim Spurling, Fisherman
Albert Walter Tolman
Heliet answered her gently, gravely, but held her own with undiminished calmness.A Forgotten Hero
Emily Sarah Holt
- not reduced or lessened
- 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.