Does that increasing skill set make up for the diminishment of a rags-to-riches mythology?
Chekhov has talked about this, that any designation besides writer (Russian writer, whatever) was a diminishment.
Although the light was decreasing, I could perceive no diminishment in the apparent speed of the sun.
For an instant there was no diminishment of the pace; then the horses head came down, and Jacks feet again touched earth.
Not that this diminishment of her handwriting in any sense lessened the effect upon me of the sentiments it conveyed.
Its population suffered some diminishment in the next two years in spite of its position on the main highway of trade.
early 15c., from merger of two obsolete verbs, diminue and minish. Diminue is from Old French diminuer "make small," from Latin diminuere "break into small pieces," variant of deminuere "lessen, diminish," from de- "completely" + minuere "make small" (see minus).
Minish is from Old French menuisier, from Latin minuere. Related: Diminished; diminishes; diminishing.