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Synonyms of diminish in English:


  • 1 the pain will gradually diminish
    decrease, lessen, decline, reduce, subside, die down, abate, dwindle, fade, slacken off, moderate, let up, ebb, wane, recede, die away/out, peter out
    archaic remit
    [Antonyms] increase
  • 2 new legislation diminished the courts' authority
    reduce, decrease, lessen, curtail, cut, cut down/back, constrict, restrict, limit, curb, check;
    weaken, blunt, erode, undermine, sap
    [Antonyms] increase
  • 3 she lost no opportunity to diminish him
    belittle, disparage, denigrate, defame, deprecate, run down;
    decry, demean, cheapen, devalue
    formal derogate
    [Antonyms] boost
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