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1‘the number of books published has not diminished’
decrease, decline, reduce, lessen, shrink, contract, grow smaller, fall off, drop off, slacken off
fall, drop, sink, slump, plummet, plunge
informal hit the floor, go through the floor, go downhill
2‘new legislation diminished the authority of the courts’
reduce, curtail, cut, cut down, cut back, prune, pare down, lessen, lower, decrease, shrink, contract, narrow, constrict, restrict, limit, curb, check, blunt
weaken, make weaker, erode, undermine, sap
3‘they returned to their homes as the fighting diminished’
subside, wane, abate, dwindle, fade, decline, slacken, moderate, ebb, recede, die away, die down, die out, peter out, tail off, cool off, let up, fizzle out, settle down, come to an end
flare up, get worse
4‘she lost no opportunity to diminish him in her daughter's presence’
belittle, disparage, denigrate, deprecate, depreciate, devalue, demean, decry, cast aspersions on, speak ill of, speak badly of, run down, abuse, insult, revile, malign, vilify
North American slur
informal bad-mouth, pull to pieces, pull apart, sling mud at, do a hatchet job on
British informal rubbish, slate, slag off, have a go at
rare asperse, derogate, vilipend, vituperate
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