di·​min·​ished | \ də-ˈmi-nisht How to pronounce diminished (audio) \

Definition of diminished

of a musical interval
: made one half step less than perfect or minor a diminished fifth

Examples of diminished in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Close, because the royals had a diminished capacity for informality. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Lord Snowdon’s Work Was About So Much More Than the Royal Family," 15 Dec. 2019 The Thunder traded Anthony in July 2018 because of concerns on its hefty luxury tax bill and how Anthony admittedly struggled with accepting a diminished role. Mark Medina, USA TODAY, "Clippers’ Paul George prepared for anything as he returns to Oklahoma City," 22 Dec. 2019 Chicago is a high-cost city with diminished rental options for people in poverty. Molly Parker, ProPublica, "“They Painted Over Problems”: How Residents of One Affordable Housing Complex Went From Hope to Despair," 18 Dec. 2019 Drake has seen a diminished role as of late, with Flores opting to give Walton an opportunity to start at running back. Omar Kelly, sun-sentinel.com, "Kenyan Drake — who’s been the subject of trade rumors — not traveling with Dolphins to Pittsburgh for Steelers game," 27 Oct. 2019 Their exit mirrors a situation playing out in Washington, where a wave of departures of House Republicans reflects the party’s pessimism about its diminished influence and its chances to win back the House in 2020. Jesse Mckinley, New York Times, "G.O.P. Senators Flood the Exits in N.Y., and Party Woes Deepen," 12 Dec. 2019 Afterward what seem to be standard, humdrum galaxies emerge from the diminished glare. Shannon Hall, Scientific American, "Lights Out: Astronomers Illuminate the Mystery of Vanishing Quasars," 12 Dec. 2019 Groundwater also feeds desert streams and rivers, and decades of heavy pumping has left them with diminished flows. AZCentral.com, "Megafarms and deeper wells are draining the water beneath rural Arizona – quietly, irreversibly," 5 Dec. 2019 In the process, those stars lose much of their mass, producing black holes that reflect their diminished size. Katie Mettler, chicagotribune.com, "Scientists find ‘monster’ black hole so big they didn’t think it was possible," 29 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of diminished

circa 1751, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of diminished was circa 1751

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18 Jan 2020

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“Diminished.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/diminished. Accessed 28 January 2020.

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showing steady, earnest care and effort

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