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.
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.