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diminish

[dih-min-ish] /dɪˈmɪn ɪʃ/
verb (used with object)
1.
to make or cause to seem smaller, less, less important, etc.; lessen; reduce.
2.
Architecture. to give (a column) a form tapering inward from bottom to top.
3.
Music. to make (an interval) smaller by a chromatic half step than the corresponding perfect or minor interval.
4.
to detract from the authority, honor, stature, or reputation of; disparage.
verb (used without object)
5.
to lessen; decrease.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English; blend of diminuen (< Anglo-French diminuer < Medieval Latin dīminuere for Latin dēminuere to make smaller) and minishen minish
Related forms
diminishable, adjective
diminishment, noun
nondiminishing, adjective
prediminish, verb (used with object)
prediminishment, noun
undiminishable, adjective
undiminishableness, noun
undiminishably, adverb
undiminished, adjective
undiminishing, adjective
Synonyms
5. See decrease.
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  • First, its power to monopolise attention is undiminished.
  • Her grace, courage and good humour seem undiminished.
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  • Their taxes would leave the pecking order intact and envy undiminished.
  • She sang that night with such undiminished power that it seemed as though she would be around forever.
  • If anything, his influence and access remain quite undiminished.
  • Some regularly fade away, then suddenly flare up again with undiminished brilliance.
  • He is gone now, but the strength of his influence on my life is undiminished.
  • His dedication to the preservation of wild lands remains undiminished, as he made clear during the ceremony.
  • Despite this, his enthusiasm for climbing was undiminished.
British Dictionary definitions for undiminished

undiminished

/ˌʌndɪˈmɪnɪʃt/
adjective
1.
not reduced or lessened

diminish

/dɪˈmɪnɪʃ/
verb
1.
to make or become smaller, fewer, or less
2.
(transitive) (architect) to cause (a column, etc) to taper
3.
(transitive) (music) to decrease (a minor or perfect interval) by a semitone
4.
to belittle or be belittled; reduce in authority, status, etc; depreciate
Derived Forms
diminishable, adjective
diminishingly, adverb
diminishment, noun
Word Origin
C15: blend of diminuen to lessen (from Latin dēminuere to make smaller, from minuere to reduce) + archaic minish to lessen
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Word Origin and History for undiminished
adj.

1580s, from un- (1) "not" + past participle of diminish.

diminish

v.

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.

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