Definition of lesser in English:

lesser

Line breaks: less¦er
Pronunciation: /ˈlɛsə
 
/

adjective

[attributive]

Phrases

the lesser evil (or the lesser of two evils)

The less unpleasant of two undesirable possibilities: authoritarianism may seem a lesser evil than abject poverty
More example sentences
  • I am not in favour of war but believe that it may be the lesser of two evils.
  • This greatly reduces our available choices, and, in the end, we are not necessarily choosing the best candidate, we are choosing the lesser of two evils.
  • The corruption and bloodshed have become so unbearable in a few countries that some people long for the return of the old colonial powers, that now seem to be the lesser of two evils.

Origin

Middle English: a double comparative, from less + -er2.

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