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Meaning of LESSER

Pronunciation:  'lesur

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [adj]  smaller in size or amount or value; "the lesser powers of Europe"; "the lesser anteater"
  2. [adj]  of less size or importance; "the lesser anteater"; "the lesser of two evils"
 

LESSER is a 6 letter word that starts with L.

 

 Synonyms: little, small
 
 Antonyms: greater
 

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \Less"er\ (-[~e]r), a. [This word is formed by adding
    anew the compar. suffix -er (in which r is from an original
    s) to less. See {Less}, a.]
    Less; smaller; inferior.
    
          God made . . . the lesser light to rule the night.
                                                   --Gen. i. 15.
    
    Note: Lesser is used for less, now the compar. of little, in
          certain special instances in which its employment has
          become established by custom; as, Lesser Asia (i. e.,
          Asia Minor), the lesser light, and some others; also in
          poetry, for the sake of the meter, and in prose where
          its use renders the passage more euphonious.
    
                The more my prayer, the lesser is my grace.
                                                   --Shak.
    
                The larger here, and there the lesser lambs.
                                                   --Pope.
    
                By the same reason may a man, in the state of
                nature, punish the lesser breaches of the law.
                                                   --Locke.
    
    
  2. \Less"er\, adv.
    Less. [Obs.] --Shak.
    
    
 
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