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

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Recent Examples on the Web Some are just racists, resisting the diminished influence of white men in society. Jim Puzzanghera, BostonGlobe.com, "Economic hardship and anxiety have accelerated the Republican Party’s radicalization, experts say," 19 Feb. 2021 Meanwhile, the Catholic Church, stripped of a papal role in episcopal appointments in China and with a diminished and demoralized underground, is left much more poorly positioned to survive the Xi era intact. Nina Shea, National Review, "China Betrays Its Deal with the Vatican," 19 Feb. 2021 The money helped many businesses at least stay on their feet as local governments forced many to temporarily shutter or operate at diminished capacities amid the pandemic. Khristopher J. Brooks, CBS News, "9 million U.S. small businesses fear they won't survive pandemic," 9 Feb. 2021 And although all teams are vulnerable to diminished depth charts because of the pandemic, the Sixers two games with barely enough healthy players on their roster. Mark Medina, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Are the Sixers the best team in the Eastern Conference?," 28 Jan. 2021 Only those with existing appointments will be able to get vaccinated on Friday due to the diminished supply. Anchorage Daily News, "Final day of ASD vaccine clinic won’t allow same-day appointments due to depleted supply," 15 Jan. 2021 That number is significantly lower than the current rates in many California counties, offering diminished hope that schools — particularly in Southern California — can reopen soon. Paloma Esquivel, Los Angeles Times, "State tightens rules for reopening schools as high COVID-19 rates hold districts back," 15 Jan. 2021 The immunocompromised, including individuals receiving immunosuppressant therapy, may have a diminished immune response to the vaccine, the fact sheet states. Bethany Blankley, Washington Examiner, "Texas leads nation in COVID-19 vaccine doses administered," 15 Jan. 2021 Tight end Rob Gronkowski has been a diminished version of his former self after returning from retirement this offseason, but the four-time All-Pro still averaged almost 14 yards per catch and caught seven touchdowns this season. Luke Johnson, NOLA.com, "How did Saints contain Tom Brady and the explosive Bucs offense the first 2 games? Start up front," 15 Jan. 2021

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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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25 Feb 2021

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“Diminished.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/diminished. Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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