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Meaning of LESSER

Pronunciation:  'lesur

WordNet Dictionary
  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
  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.
                The larger here, and there the lesser lambs.
                By the same reason may a man, in the state of
                nature, punish the lesser breaches of the law.
  2. \Less"er\, adv.
    Less. [Obs.] --Shak.
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