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 for Diminishing
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
     Minish.]
     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.
                                                    --Barrow.
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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
                                                    (More's
                                                    Utopia).
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              I will diminish them, that they shall no more rule
              over the nations.                     --Ezek. xxix.
                                                    15.
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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.
                                                    2.
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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) :

  diminishing
      adj 1: becoming smaller or less or appearing to do so;
             "diminishing returns"; "his diminishing respect for her"

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  40 Moby Thesaurus words for "diminishing":
     abating, allaying, alleviating, assuaging, blunting, chastening,
     contractive, cushioning, dampening, damping, deadening, declining,
     decreasing, decrescendo, decrescent, deliquescent, diminuendo,
     dulling, dwindling, dying, easing, ebbing, fading, languishing,
     lessening, mitigating, on the wane, receding, reducing, reductive,
     relaxing, retiring, retreating, shrinking, sinking, softening,
     subduing, subsiding, tempering, waning
  
  

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