- made smaller; lessened; reduced
- Music lessened by a half step: said of intervals or of chords formed with such an interval
The definition of diminished is a person or thing that has decreased or has been made smaller.
An example of diminished are reservoir water levels after a long drought.
- simple past tense and past participle of diminish
- Giving birth had no way diminished her beauty.
- It has diminished greatly since Smolensk.
- Considerations such as these could not be expected to appeal to the nation at large, which hailed the advent of the Left as the dawn of an era of unlimited popular sovereignty, diminished administrative pressure, reduction of taxation and general prosperity.
- The gradual abolition of the grist tax on minor cereals diminished the surplus in 1882 to 236,000, and in 1883 to r1o,ooo, while the total repeal of the grist tax on wheat, which took effect on the 1st of January 1884, coincided with the opening of a new and disastrous period of deficit.
- When the Crispi cabinet fell in March 1896 Sonnino had the satisfaction of seeing revenue increased by ~3, 400,000, expenditure diminished by 2,800,000, the gold premium reduced from 16 to 5%, consolidated stock at 95 instead of 72, and, notwithstanding the expenditure necessitated by the Abyssinian War, financial equilibrium practically restored.