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ˈlɛs ərless·er

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. lesseradjective

    of less size or importance

    "the lesser anteater"; "the lesser of two evils"

  2. lesseradjective

    smaller in size or amount or value

    "the lesser powers of Europe"; "the lesser anteater"

Wiktionary

  1. lessernoun

    a thing that is of smaller size, value, importance etc.

  2. lesseradjective

    of two things, the smaller in size, value, importance etc.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Lesseradjective

    A barbarous corruption of less, formed by the vulgar from the habit of terminating comparatives in er; afterwards adopted by poets, and then by writers of prose.

    What great despite doth fortune to thee bear,
    Thus lowly to abase thy beauty bright,
    That it should not deface all other lesser light. Fa. Qu.

    It is the lesser blot, modesty finds,
    Women to change their shapes than men their minds. William Shakespeare, Two Gentlemen of Verona.

    The mountains, and higher parts of the earth, grow lesser and lesser from age to age: sometimes the roots of them are weakened by subterraneous fires, and sometimes tumbled by earthquakes into those caverns that are under them. Thomas Burnet, Theory of the Earth.

    Cain, after the murder of his brother, cries out, Every man that findeth me shall slay me. By the same reason may a man, in the state of nature, punish the lesser breaches of that law. John Locke.

    Any heat whatsoever promotes the ascent of mineral matter, but more especially of that which is subtile, and is consequently moveable more easily, and with a lesser power. John Woodward, Natural History.

    The larger here, and there the lesser lambs,
    The new-fall’n young herd bleating for their dams. Alexander Pope.

  2. Lesseradverb

    Etymology: formed by corruption from less.

    Some say he’s mad; others, that lesser hate him,
    Do call it valiant fury. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Lesseradjective

    less; smaller; inferior

  2. Lesseradverb

    less

  3. Etymology: [This word is formed by adding anew the compar. suffix -er (in which r is from an original s) to less. See Less, a.]

Freebase

  1. Lesser

    J Lesser is the stage name for Jason Doerck. Doerck was a member of the defunct laptop group Sagan, alongside Blevin Blectum, Wobbly, and video artist Ryan Junell.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Lesser

    les′ėr, adj. (B.) less: smaller: inferior. [A double comp. formed from less.]

British National Corpus

  1. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'lesser' in Adjectives Frequency: #662

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of lesser in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of lesser in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of lesser in a Sentence

  1. Bryan Fuller:

    NBC has allowed us to craft a television series that no other broadcast network would have dared, and kept us on the air for three seasons despite Cancelation Bear Chow ratings and images that would have shredded the eyeballs of lesser Standards Practices enforcers, [NBC Entertainment exec] Jen Salke and her team have been fantastic partners and creatively supportive beyond measure. 'Hannibal' is finishing his last course at NBC's table this summer, but a hungry cannibal can always dine again. And personally, I look forward to my next meal with NBC.

  2. Med Jones:

    One quick and effective solution to the global economic crisis is a global economic and political reset. A global economic reset means that world leaders can come together to agree on debt forgiveness to all nations and restructuring of the global economy. Friends and enemies alike, no exceptions. To be fair to nations with lesser debts, they could be compensated on a ratio basis to enjoy treasury surpluses. A new international trade and reserve currency will probably be established to create a fair global economic system and to implement the reset. This could bring a new era of global prosperity and socioeconomic exchange. This is a much better alternative than currency wars, international hostilities and continuous risks of global socioeconomic shocks.

  3. Brian Deschanel:

    A thou shalt not bluster the lesser, forasmuchas equilibrium aligns the once all mighty before the frail, for mercy.

  4. Ramana Pemmaraju:

    Higher income either indicates higher intelligence or lesser morals!

  5. Anthony Fauci:

    NIH-funded studies that are ongoing right now in both mouse and hamsters confirm the lesser virulence in the animal model. And, studies here at the Vaccine Research Center at NIH, in the nonhuman primate model, are ongoing and will await results of that.

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