The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Mince \Mince\ (m[i^]ns), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Minced
(m[i^]nst); p. pr. & vb. n. Minging (m[i^]n"s[i^]ng).] [AS.
minsian to grow less, dwindle, fr. min small; akin to G.
minder less, Goth. minniza less, mins less, adv., L. minor,
adj. (cf. Minor); or more likely fr. F. mincer to mince,
prob. from (assumed) LL. minutiare. [root]101. See Minish.]
1. To cut into very small pieces; to chop fine; to hash; as,
to mince meat. --Bacon.
2. To suppress or weaken the force of; to extenuate; to
palliate; to tell by degrees, instead of directly and
frankly; to clip, as words or expressions; to utter half
and keep back half of; as, he doesn't mince words.
I know no ways to mince it in love, but directly to
say -- "I love you." --Shak.
Siren, now mince the sin,
And mollify damnation with a phrase. --Dryden.
If, to mince his meaning, I had either omitted some
part of what he said, or taken from the strength of
his expression, I certainly had wronged him.
3. To affect; to make a parade of. [R.] --Shak.