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 for Diminished
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Diminish \Di*min"ish\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Diminished; p. pr.
     & vb. n. Diminishing.] [Pref. di- (= L. dis-) + minish: cf.
     L. diminuere, F. diminuer, OE. diminuen. See Dis-, and
     1. To make smaller in any manner; to reduce in bulk or
        amount; to lessen; -- opposed to augment or increase.
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              Not diminish, but rather increase, the debt.
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     2. To lessen the authority or dignity of; to put down; to
        degrade; to abase; to weaken.
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              This doth nothing diminish their opinion. --Robynson
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              I will diminish them, that they shall no more rule
              over the nations.                     --Ezek. xxix.
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              O thou . . . at whose sight all the stars
              Hide their diminished heads.          --Milton.
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     3. (Mus.) To make smaller by a half step; to make (an
        interval) less than minor; as, a diminished seventh.
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     4. To take away; to subtract.
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              Neither shall ye diminish aught from it. --Deut. iv.
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     Diminished column, one whose upper diameter is less than
        the lower.
     Diminished scale, or Diminishing scale, a scale of
        gradation used in finding the different points for drawing
        the spiral curve of the volute. --Gwilt.
     Diminishing rule (Arch.), a board cut with a concave edge,
        for fixing the entasis and curvature of a shaft.
     Diminishing stile (Arch.), a stile which is narrower in one
        part than in another, as in many glazed doors.
     Syn: To decrease; lessen; abate; reduce; contract; curtail;
          impair; degrade. See Decrease.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adj 1: impaired by diminution [syn: diminished, lessened,
             vitiated, weakened]
      2: (of an organ or body part) diminished in size or strength as
         a result of disease or injury or lack of use; "partial
         paralysis resulted in an atrophied left arm" [syn:
         atrophied, wasted, diminished] [ant: enlarged,
      3: (of musical intervals) reduction by a semitone of any perfect
         or minor musical interval; "a diminished fifth"
      4: made to seem smaller or less (especially in worth); "her
         comments made me feel small" [syn: belittled, diminished,

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