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lessermore about lesser


  3  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Lesser  \Less"er\,  adv 
  Less  [Obs.]  --Shak. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Lesser  \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. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  adj  1:  of  less  size  or  importance;  "the  lesser  anteater";  "the 
  lesser  of  two  evils"  [ant:  {greater}] 
  2:  smaller  in  size  or  amount  or  value;  "the  lesser  powers  of 
  Europe";  "the  lesser  anteater" 
  n  :  the  smaller  in  amount  or  degree  esp  of  two  alternatives: 
  "the  lesser  of  the  two  evils" 

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