Definition of diminished in English:

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Pronunciation: /dəˈminiSHt/


1Made smaller or less: a diminished role for local government
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  • A crtc in name only gives us the illusion of regulation and protection, but in reality, it has a very diminished and marginal role.
  • The problem is that such an approach requires national politicians to deny themselves power and accept a diminished role for the central state, their state.
  • The new direction was toward shifting responsibility away from the federal government, which indicated a diminished civil works role for the Corps of Engineers.
1.1 [predicative] Made to seem less impressive or valuable: she felt diminished by the report
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  • But our relationship seemed diminished, lessened by the events that had transpired during her disappearance.
  • The politics of solidarity they ostensibly represent seem to me to be correspondingly diminished.
  • On the other is one of the Third World's true bright spots, somewhat diminished by the comic-opera nationalism of its democratically elected president.
2 [attributive] Music Denoting or containing an interval that is one semitone less than the corresponding minor or perfect interval: a diminished fifth
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  • And several times in the book a diminished fifth rather than an augmented fourth is called a tritone.
  • Arpeggios of diminished 7ths rushing up and down the keyboard are the main - indeed the only - motive in this bravura piece.
  • ‘Ok,’ I play it in its Major, minor, Augmented and diminished forms then look up at him again.

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Syllabification: di·min·ished

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