V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. to make something smaller or less important; 2. to make something seem or appear smaller

Synonyms: lessen, reduce, decrease, downgrade, depreciate, abase, abate, abridge, minimize, belittle

Antonyms: increase, enhance, heighten, escalate

Tips: The word diminish has its origin in the Latin word minutia, "smallness." The English word minute means "very small," so when you think diminish, think, "to make something smaller." Diminish is often used in the context of diminishing the importance or significance of something. In this vain, it can have a negative connotation. One example is that of diminishing someone's reputation or achievements.

Usage Examples:

I'm quite proud of this achievement, so please don't diminish it. (belittle, minimize)

Her actions have diminished her reputation among many people. (downgraded, lessened)

I was angry when he diminished the importance of the award, because I had worked hard for it. (minimized, lessened)

Some memories diminish with time, others grow stronger. (decrease, lessen)

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