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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR LESSER

They affected that they never habitually thought of lesser concerns.

All lesser forms of lying are forbidden along with the greater.

Too much knowledge is even as great a danger as a lesser amount sometimes.

The man of purpose says no to all lesser calls, all minor opportunities.

I recall but indifferently the lesser topics of conversation.

I investigated the upper or lesser fall, which is close to the hotel.

From door to door he galloped, a lesser Paul Revere, but sowing seeds of harmony.

Besides the law of meat, there were a myriad other and lesser laws for him to learn and obey.

When the lesser gods and demons see these halos, they hide and dare not move.

In the third place the epic, in which there are heroes and other lesser personages.

WORD ORIGIN

early 13c., a double comparative, from less + -er (2). Johnson calls it "a barbarous corruption of less, formed by the vulgar from the habit of terminating comparatives in -er." As an adverb from 1590s; now generally poetic or obsolete except in expression lesser-known (1813).

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