You may think I say this to lessen your regard for the good woman.
No, he could not—which admission did not lessen the glow on his cheek.
This increased his astonishment, and did not lessen the gloom on his face.
And that lurking vanity of the inferior to lessen his own inferiority did the rest.
Suffice it that I have helped to lessen Kirk's horse by four of his rogues.