• WordNet 3.6
    • v diminish decrease in size, extent, or range "The amount of homework decreased towards the end of the semester","The cabin pressure fell dramatically","her weight fell to under a hundred pounds","his voice fell to a whisper"
    • v diminish lessen the authority, dignity, or reputation of "don't belittle your colleagues"
    • ***
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. i Diminish To become or appear less or smaller; to lessen; as, the apparent size of an object diminishes as we recede from it.
    • Diminish To lessen the authority or dignity of; to put down; to degrade; to abase; to weaken. "This doth nothing diminish their opinion.""I will diminish them, that they shall no more rule over the nations.""O thou . . . at whose sight all the stars
      Hide their diminished heads."
    • Diminish (Mus) To make smaller by a half step; to make (an interval) less than minor; as, a diminished seventh.
    • Diminish To make smaller in any manner; to reduce in bulk or amount; to lessen; -- opposed to augment or increase. "Not diminish , but rather increase, the debt."
    • Diminish To take away; to subtract. "Neither shall ye diminish aught from it."
    • ***
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • diminish To lessen; make or seem to make less or smaller by any means; reduce: opposed to increase and augment: as, to diminish a number by subtraction; to diminish the revenue by reducing the customs.
    • diminish To lower in power, importance, or estimation; degrade; belittle; detract from.
    • diminish To take away; subtract: with from, and applied to the object removed.
    • diminish In music, to lessen by a semitone, as an interval.
    • diminish To lessen; become or appear less or smaller; dwindle: as, the prospect of success is diminishing by delay.
    • diminish Synonyms Dwindle, Contract, etc. (see decrease); to shrink, subside, abate, ebb, fall off.
    • diminish To taper, as a column.
    • ***
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Diminish di-min′ish to make less: to take a part from: to degrade
    • v.i Diminish to grow or appear less: to subside
    • ***


  • Francois De La Rochefoucauld
    “Absence diminishes little passions and increases great ones, as wind extinguishes candles and fans a fire.”
  • Samuel Johnson
    “Every man who attacks my belief, diminishes in some degree my confidence in it, and therefore makes me uneasy; and I am angry with him who makes me uneasy.”
  • Thomas Traherne
    “More company increases happiness, but does not lighten or diminish misery.”
  • Christian Nevell Bovee
    “Courage enlarges, cowardice diminishes resources. In desperate straits the fears of the timid aggravate the dangers that imperil the brave.”
  • Arthur Ashe
    Arthur Ashe
    “Every time you win, it diminishes the fear a little bit. You never really cancel the fear of losing; you keep challenging it.”
  • Johann Friedrich Von Schiller
    “It is criminal to steal a purse, daring to steal a fortune, a mark of greatness to steal a crown. The blame diminishes as the guilt increases.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Pref. di-,= L. dis-,) + minish,: cf. L. diminuere, F. diminuer, OE. diminuen,. See Dis-, and Minish


In literature:

It is a question not of increasing or diminishing, but of reorganizing, restraints.
"Liberalism" by L. T. Hobhouse
Flour mills are diminishing in number both in England and in the United States.
"The Evolution of Modern Capitalism" by John Atkinson Hobson
The amount of fluid diminishes under rest, and increases after use of the limb.
"Manual of Surgery Volume Second: Extremities--Head--Neck. Sixth Edition." by Alexander Miles
Repetition makes all operations easy; even the fatigue of thinking diminishes by habit.
"Practical Education, Volume I" by Maria Edgeworth
Continued disuse, on the other hand, weakens and diminishes all parts of the organisation.
"The Variation of Animals and Plants Under Domestication, Volume II (of 2)" by Charles Darwin
It is a common error to wash it too much, and by this means the flavour is diminished.
"The Cook and Housekeeper's Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches," by Mary Eaton
By all these means, the pain was lessened, and the swelling much diminished.
"North American Medical and Surgical Journal, Vol. 2, No. 3, July, 1826" by Various
These conditions, too, were rapidly diminishing.
"The Practice of Autosuggestion" by C. Harry Brooks
It also tinged common air a little red, and diminished it, though not much.
"Experiments and Observations on Different Kinds of Air" by Joseph Priestley
After the age of 40, the sexual power slowly diminishes, and after the seventieth year, or even before this, becomes extinct.
"The Sexual Question" by August Forel

In poetry:

But if every penny you gave were your own,
And giving diminished your purse;
By a child's slender means think how little is done,
And how little for it you're the worse.
"Charity" by Charles Lamb
It is finished. What is finished?
Much is finished known or unknown:
Lives are finished; time diminished;
Was the fallow field left unsown?
Will these buds be always unblown?
"Amen" by Christina Georgina Rossetti
In the van of the battle I heard the logs rattle,
His stroke never seem'd to diminish,
And thrice I drew near him, and thrice he drew clear,
For the weight served him well at the finish.
"Hippodromania; Or, Whiffs From The Pipe" by Adam Lindsay Gordon
ONE-MAN-ONE-VOTE! We’re waking from our slumbers—
ONE-MAN-ONE-VOTE! To rule the fields we farmed!
If thus we triumph with diminished numbers,
What will the triumph be when all are armed?
"One-Man-One-Vote" by Henry Lawson
Nay (since these died before their task was finished)
Attempt new heights, bring even their dreams to birth:--
Build us that better world, Oh, not diminished
By one true splendor that they planned on earth.
"Victory" by Alfred Noyes
We all shall do thee honor for his fortune groweth great.
Though we wished him ill, we cannot diminish his estate;
He will have alway our succor either in peace or war.
The man who will not know the truth, he is a dolt therefor."
"The Lay of the Cid - Cantar II" by Anonymous European

In news:

IOWA CITY, Iowa – Iowa isn't giving up on Kirk Ferentz despite a third straight season of diminishing results.
Iowa isn't giving up on Kirk Ferentz despite a third straight season of diminishing results.
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa isn't giving up on Kirk Ferentz despite a third straight season of diminishing results.
Senior citizens needing extra help to regain physical skills which have diminished over time have an option to restore mobility and stamina .
ACC.12 Late-breaker Shows Promise of Pacemakers through Diminishing Fainting Recurrences in Patients Diagnosed with Syncope .
Lens flare and extreme lighting proves frustrating and diminishes enjoyment of playing " Syndicate .".
Scandals of his own making diverted his efforts for passage and diminished his moral and leadership credibility.
Casseroles are generally plagued by what you might call the mush factor: individual tastes and textures are fused and thereby much diminished.
New U of M athletic director Tom Bowen can't let the coming scrutiny of fans diminish his enthusiasm for the job.
Mavs123 Eddie, after a good start to the season, Brandan Wright also played minimal minutes yesterday is his role also diminishing.
Gene Variant Associated with Diminished Effects of Clopidogrel in PCI Patients After One Year.
Just in time for students returning to campus, Republicans have launched a big push to court younger voters who overwhelmingly supported President Obama in 2008, but whose enthusiasm has since diminished with the job market.
As women saw workplace gains in recent decades, men's prospects have diminished.
Interest in the anticipated slew of Super Bowl ads, like its revenues for Fox, was diminished compared to past gridiron epics.
Genetic Maker of Men Is Diminished but Holding Its Ground, Researchers Say.

In science:

Back in 1847 Struve had already found that the number of stars per unit volume seems to diminish in all directions receding from the sun.
Cosmic Dust in the 21st Century
The features tend to diminish as either the couple constant or the number density is reduced to a certain value.
Localize energy in random media: A new phase state
It is not diminished by interaction with the environment .
Quantum theory and the role of mind in nature
So if part of this processing capacity is directed to another task, then the applied force will diminish.
Quantum theory and the role of mind in nature
The term qKδ −1 arises since the application of ‘1’ boundary conditions to δ has the effect of uniting the boundaries of the cavities of δ , whereby the number of clusters diminishes by Kδ − 1.
Rigidity of the interface for percolation and random-cluster models