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Lesser, adj. == less; 1) opposed to larger: “the l. thing should not the greater hide,” Lucr. 663. “the l. legs,” Tp. II, 2, 108. “l. linen,” Wint. IV, 3, 24. R2 II, 1, 95. H6B IV, 10, 50. Hml. III, 3, 19. Per. II, 3, 41.
2) opposed to greater: “l. noise,” Lucr. 1329. “'tis the l. sin,” Sonn. 114, 13; Gent. V, 4, 108. “with l. weight,” Err. I, 1, 109. “grace,” Mids. II, 2, 89. “knowledge,” Wint. II, 1, 38. “fear,” John IV, 2, 42. “waste,” R2 II, 1, 103. “l. than my name,” III, 3, 137. “cause,” Rom. IV, 4, 10 (reading of Q2). “the greater scorns the l.” Tim. IV, 3, 6. “l. than Macbeth,” Mcb. I, 3, 65. “malady,” Lr. III, 4, 9. “enmities,” Ant. II, 1, 43. “villain,” Cymb. V, 5, 219.
3) opposed to more: “more rage and l. pity,” Lucr. 468. “l. had been the thwartings of your dispositions,” Cor. III, 2, 20.
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