I. WORDS EXPRESSING ABSTRACT RELATIONS

III. QUANTITY

2. COMPARATIVE QUANTITY; CHANGES IN QUANTITY

Nonincrease, Decrease.

[Antonyms: increase.]

[Nouns] decrease, diminution; lessening; subtraction [more]; reduction, abatement, declension; shrinking (contraction.) [more]; coarctation; abridgment (shortening) [more]; extenuation.

subsidence, wane, ebb, decline; ebbing; descent [more]; decrement, reflux, depreciation; deterioration [more]; anticlimax; mitigation (moderation) [more].

[Verbs] decrease, diminish, lessen; abridge (shorten) [more]; shrink (contract) [more]; drop off, fall off, tail off; fall away, waste, wear; wane, ebb, decline; descend [more]; subside; melt away, die away; retire into the shade, hide its diminished head, fall to a low ebb, run low, languish, decay, crumble.

bate, abate, dequantitate; discount; depreciate; extenuate, lower, weaken, attenuate, fritter away; mitigate (moderate) [more]; dwarf, throw into the shade; reduce [more]; shorten [more]; subtract [more].

[Adjectives] unincreased (see increase [more]); decreased; decreasing; on the wane

[Phrases] "a gilded halo hovering round decay" [Byron]; "fine by degrees and beautifully less" [Prior] [more] .

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