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Word Example of - diminish

    Example Sentences for diminish

    Under the conditions observed there, the frequency of short-sightedness seemed to diminish with increasing age.

    If there is,” said Mr Jellicott, “this newspaper is hardly likely to diminish it.

    This did not diminish when, at the age of fifteen, Elizabeth of France left her own land and ascended the throne of Spain.

    He seems to diminish in size and to be overwhelmed with humiliation.

    They went on drinking and left him out, but this did not tend to diminish his tears.

    It seemed impossible to diminish their blind confidence in their blind guides.

    The heat at noon is oppressive—from 96 to 120 degrees Fahrenheit; and this continues till four P.M., when it begins to diminish.

    Still the numbers of the main body seemed in no wise to diminish.

    From attempts to diminish the dose, made without the patients knowledge, only mischief has resulted.

    She seemed to wish, but to be unable, to diminish its effect.

Word Origin & History of - diminish

    Word Origin & History

    diminish early 15c., from merger of two obsolete verbs, diminue and minish. Diminue is from O.Fr. diminuer "make small," from L. diminuere "break into small pieces," variant of deminuere "lessen, diminish," from de- "completely" + minuere "make small," from root of minus (see minus). Related: Diminished; diminishes; diminishing. Minish is from O.Fr. menuisier, from L. minuere.