1. [syn: diminished, lessened, vitiated, weakened]
2. decreased in severity; made less harsh;
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Lessen \Less"en\ (l[e^]s"'n), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Lessened
(-'nd); p. pr. & vb. n. Lessening.] [From Less, a.]
To make less; to reduce; to make smaller, or fewer; to
diminish; to lower; to degrade; as, to lessen a kingdom, or a
population; to lessen speed, rank, fortune.
Charity . . . shall lessen his punishment. --Calamy.
St. Paul chose to magnify his office when ill men
conspired to lessen it. --Atterbury.
Syn: To diminish; reduce; abate; decrease; lower; impair;
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 1: impaired by diminution [syn: diminished, lessened,
2: decreased in severity; made less harsh