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Synonyms of diminish in English:


  • 1 the number of books published has not diminished
    decrease, decline, reduce, lessen, shrink, contract, grow smaller, fall off, drop off, slacken off;
    fall, drop, sink, slump, plummet, plunge
    informal hit the floor, go through the floor, go downhill
    [Antonyms] increase
  • 2 new legislation diminished the authority of the courts
    reduce, curtail, cut, cut down, cut back, prune, pare down, lessen, lower, decrease, shrink, contract, narrow, constrict, restrict, limit, curb, check, blunt;
    weaken, make weaker, erode, undermine, sap
    [Antonyms] increase
  • 3 they returned to their homes as the fighting diminished
    subside, wane, abate, dwindle, fade, decline, slacken, moderate, ebb, recede, die away, die down, die out, peter out, tail off, cool off, let up, fizzle out, settle down, come to an end
    archaic remit
    [Antonyms] flare up, get worse
  • 4 she lost no opportunity to diminish him in her daughter's presence
    belittle, disparage, denigrate, deprecate, depreciate, devalue, demean, decry, cast aspersions on, speak ill of, speak badly of, run down, abuse, insult, revile, malign, vilify;
    North American  slur
    informal bad-mouth, pull to pieces, pull apart, sling mud at, do a hatchet job on
    British informal rubbish, slate, slag off, have a go at
    rare asperse, derogate, vilipend, vituperate
    [Antonyms] boost
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