Definition of diminished in US English:



  • 1Made smaller or less.

    ‘a diminished role for local government’
    • ‘Both groups of children were born with left ventricles that, on average, had higher mass and lower contractility, or a diminished ability to pump.’
    • ‘Several plants react to increased UV radiation with reduced growth or diminished photosynthetic activity.’
    • ‘I've found ginger to be particularly helpful for infants with colic, and in older people who suffer with poor digestion or diminished appetite.’
    • ‘Though diminished, the labor movement has played a key role in creating a new progressive political opposition.’
    • ‘Nor is the role of the mother diminished - partly because women tend to get very involved with their children as soon as they come home from work.’
    • ‘The diminished sharing reduced the effectiveness of our interrogations and eventually convinced the command to end our support of the operation.’
    • ‘Unpicked coffee beans are now spreading the Broca disease, which threatens to destroy next year's already diminished crop.’
    • ‘Hypoandrogenemia results in decreased bone density, increased lean body mass, diminished libido, and decreased quality of life.’
    • ‘The main goal of this study was to attempt to determine if the growth function reflected in learning curves was a result of diminished associative strength, reduced confidence, or both.’
    • ‘Arrhythmia develops in association with damaged cardiac contractile elements and diminished coronary flow.’
    • ‘The report also warns that the need to recruit afresh will result in a huge brain drain from the civil service in addition to a diminished capability and reduced service to the public.’
    • ‘However in sympathetic assistance the charge is often reduced to manslaughter with diminished responsibilities, which ultimately carries a lighter sentence.’
    • ‘The malnourished suffer from impaired health, reduced physical strength, diminished mental alertness, and high rates of infant mortality.’
    • ‘Visual changes in the earlier stages may include diminished vision, contraction of the visual field, changes in the size of objects or photophobia.’
    • ‘Since then, diminished resources have reduced its intellectual quality as well as its students' opportunities.’
    • ‘The role of poverty in diminished marriage prospects may be illustrated by comparing various U.S. ethnic groups that differ in average earnings.’
    • ‘The problem is that such an approach requires national politicians to deny themselves power and accept a diminished role for the central state, their state.’
    • ‘The new direction was toward shifting responsibility away from the federal government, which indicated a diminished civil works role for the Corps of Engineers.’
    • ‘This may have resulted in a diminished contrast between the treatment groups.’
    • ‘A crtc in name only gives us the illusion of regulation and protection, but in reality, it has a very diminished and marginal role.’
    shortened, cut, cut short, cut down, concise, condensed, contracted, compressed, abbreviated, reduced, decreased, shrunk, curtailed, truncated, lessened, trimmed, cropped, clipped, pruned, pared down, stripped down, bare-bones, skeleton
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    1. 1.1predicative Made to seem less impressive or valuable.
      ‘she felt diminished by the report’
      • ‘The politics of solidarity they ostensibly represent seem to me to be correspondingly diminished.’
      • ‘But our relationship seemed diminished, lessened by the events that had transpired during her disappearance.’
      • ‘The American tenor as the pro-consul, the cause of the romantic turbulence, sang well but seemed diminished by the non-existent drama.’
      • ‘Precious few ghosts survive from that which passes for medieval Berlin, and even those from Neoclassical Berlin are much diminished.’
      • ‘Each dive in the Cove was a life-changing experience - a coruscating kaleidoscope of natural beauty that left him strangely diminished.’
      • ‘On the other is one of the Third World's true bright spots, somewhat diminished by the comic-opera nationalism of its democratically elected president.’
      • ‘It was up to me if I left the hospital diminished or augmented.’
      • ‘He had what his family describes as a ‘closed-head, traumatic brain injury’ which has left him severely diminished.’
      • ‘The truth is that even in stripping away the myth and iconography, and removing the unaccountably exceptional Lincoln, we are not left with a diminished figure.’
      • ‘The king's prestige was diminished, and European powers became wary of intervening on his behalf.’
      • ‘He builds so much power into this section, that it considerably weakens the force of the funeral march, so that when it returns, it does so with greatly diminished life.’
      • ‘Its atmosphere was more ceremonial than Stabat Mater's, but to diminished effect.’
  • 2Music
    attributive Denoting or containing an interval which is one semitone less than the corresponding minor or perfect interval.

    ‘a diminished fifth’
    • ‘Arpeggios of diminished 7ths rushing up and down the keyboard are the main - indeed the only - motive in this bravura piece.’
    • ‘The switch to the demonic way of the deep happens through the diminished chord.’
    • ‘‘Ok,’ I play it in its Major, minor, Augmented and diminished forms then look up at him again.’
    • ‘Below the dizzying diminished arpeggios and harmonized runs lie massive, memorable riffs.’
    • ‘And several times in the book a diminished fifth rather than an augmented fourth is called a tritone.’