Example sentences for: diminutive

How can you use “diminutive” in a sentence? Here are some example sentences to help you improve your vocabulary:

  • Among the several types of doubles in English, a rather large group ends both parts with the diminutive suffix - y or - ie . The group seems also to contain two similar sub-groups that produce opposite effects: those that diminish size and express endearment or amusement and those that diminish stature or worth and express disapproval or contempt.

  • It has been suggested to me that this name has lost a great deal of its popularity for girls due to its diminutive, Les , too easily confused with lez (for lesbian ), which seems a pity.

  • Pencil (as well as penicillin ) was borrowed from Latin pēnicillus `paintbrush,' a diminutive of peniculus `brush,' which is also a diminutive of penis , which in Latin (also) meant `tail.

  • This church served Greek refugees in the 8th century, and the designation in Cosmedin is usually assumed to be connected with the Greek word kosmidion , diminutive of kosmos , meaning `embellishment.

  • The indigenous flora and fauna likewise have been carefully marketed to tourists as different : the Tasmanian tiger (now probably extinct) lives in legend and forlorn reaches of the remotest parts of the island, the Tasmanian devil (a carnivorous marsupial of undeniably fierce appearance) in tired zoos and nature parks where nonexclusive animals like the kangaroo and koala share the honors with a remarkable range of diminutive marsupials genuinely peculiar to Tassie, which have added value in an age that cultivates the notion of wilderness.

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