di·​min·​ished də-ˈmi-nisht How to pronounce diminished (audio)
of a musical interval
: made one half step less than perfect or minor
a diminished fifth

Word History

First Known Use

circa 1751, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of diminished was circa 1751

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“Diminished.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/diminished. Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

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