SKIP TO CONTENT

diminished

If you drive through a tunnel, you’ll notice that your cell phone reception is diminished. When something is diminished, it’s been weakened or lessened.

Diminished is an adjective used when something has lost its power, prestige, or worth. The value of a car, for instance, is diminished over time by wear and tear. In some instances, diminished means "belittled," or made to seem like less in the face of something perceived as better or greater. The popularity of a laptop, for instance, will be diminished if a cheaper, more powerful model is released. Leaders and politicians who get involved in scandals often suffer diminished reputations.

Definitions of diminished
  1. adjective
    made to seem smaller or less (especially in worth)
    synonyms: belittled, small
    decreased, reduced
    made less in size or amount or degree
  2. adjective
    impaired by diminution
    synonyms: lessened, vitiated, weakened
    impaired
    diminished in strength, quality, or utility
  3. adjective
    (of an organ or body part) diminished in size or strength as a result of disease or injury or lack of use
    synonyms: atrophied, wasted
    see moresee less
    Antonyms:
    enlarged, hypertrophied
    (of an organ or body part) excessively enlarged as a result of increased size in the constituent cells
  4. adjective
    (of musical intervals) reduction by a semitone of any perfect or minor musical interval
    “a diminished fifth”
    Synonyms:
    decreased, reduced
    made less in size or amount or degree
Word Family
EDITOR’S CHOICE

Test prep from the experts

Boost your test score with programs developed by Vocabulary.com’s experts.

  • Proven methods: Learn faster, remember longer with our scientific approach.
  • Personalized plan: We customize your experience to maximize your learning.
  • Strategic studying: Focus on the words that are most crucial for success.

SAT/PSAT

$29.95
  • Number of words: 500+
  • Duration: 8 weeks or less
  • Time: 1 hour / week

TOEFL

$29.95
  • Number of words: 500+
  • Duration: 10 weeks or less
  • Time: 1 hour / week

ACT

$29.95
  • Number of words: 700+
  • Duration: 10 weeks
  • Time: 1 hour / week