One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘a lesser offence’
less important, minor, secondary, subsidiary, marginal, ancillary, auxiliary, supplementary, supplemental, peripheral
inferior, slighter, insignificant, unimportant, petty
lower, lower-level, lower-grade, second-rate
2‘you look down your nose at us lesser mortals’
subordinate, minor, inferior, second-class, subservient, lowly, humble, servile, menial, mean
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