Don’t use a big word where a diminutive one will suffice.
Diminutive paintings give that spotty look to a room, which is the blemish of so many a fine work of Art overtouched.
Poe, Edgar Allan -- Poems
Do you refer to Lorenzo il Magnifico, or to Lorenzo, Duke of Urbino, or to Lorenzo surnamed Lorenzino on account of his diminutive stature?
Forster, E. M. -- A Room With A View
the most diminutive of birds
William Shakespeare -- Macbeth
Holly sat, never taking her hazel eyes from the diminutive monster before her.
Eoin Colfer -- Artemis Fowl
Mademoiselle Reisz, being exceedingly diminutive, was elevated upon cushions, as small children are sometimes hoisted at table upon bulky volumes.
Kate Chopin -- The Awakening
I was then sure that you reflected upon the diminutive figure of Chantilly.
Edgar Allan Poe -- The Murders in the Rue Morgue
a diminutive female hand
Edgar Allan Poe -- The Purloined Letter
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a diminution in our captain’s brain
William Shakespeare -- Antony and Cleopatra
fat cooks, and diminutive apprentices
Edmond Rostand -- Cyrano de Bergerac
A diminutive slave-girl opens the front door of the house.
Sabaa Tahir -- An Ember in the Ashes
In my mind Betsy Bolt was a diminutive blond Southern-belle white girl.
Gillian Flynn -- Gone Girl
The shadow on the floor uncurled, revealing a diminutive figure clad in black, the smudge of a pale face, and a tousle of long blonde hair, coming free from a careless braid.
Cassandra Clare -- City of Heavenly Fire
As soon as he spread it on the table, a flickering hologram appeared above the surface: Leo Valdez, looking impish as usual with his dark wispy hair, his mischievous grin, and his diminutive stature.
Rick Riordan -- The Trials of Apollo
Take, for example, your female friend, the diminutive Miss Contraire.
Trenton Lee Stewart -- The Mysterious Benedict Society
He addressed me as Mosiek, the diminutive for Moshe.
Leon Leyson -- The Boy on the Wooden Box
His diminutive size made him easy to push around.
Joshua Davis -- Spare Parts
She imagines a diminutive pianist, dressed in a tuxedo, playing inside the machine.
Anthony Doerr -- All the Light We Cannot See
Since there was an obvious dearth of volunteers, I called on a diminutive boy named Saul, a seventh grader who looked no older than six.
Pat Conroy -- The Water is Wide
WE ARE TOLD, THAT THE SUBJECTION OF AMERICANS MAY TEND TO THE DIMINUTION OF OUR OWN LIBERTIES; ….
Laurie Halse Anderson -- Chains
The diminutive clansman was tranquil.
Diana Gabaldon -- Outlander
This made him want to call her all the more, but somewhere in the listening to her very sober and very small voice — she was diminutive and her voice was high, though always firm and always clear — he realized that he would not sound good tonight.
Dave Eggers -- A Hologram for the King
The Valiants’ star player was a diminutive and rabbit-quick forward from Austria named Jonathan Scherzer.
Warren St. John -- Outcasts United
Her diminutive stature was her secret sorrow, but she had learned to find compensations.
Ayn Rand -- The Fountainhead
And even technological progress only happens when its products can in some way be used for the diminution of human liberty.
George Orwell -- 1984
He was among the most diminutive of men, but when Burris Ewell turned toward him, Little Chuck’s right hand went to his pocket.
Harper Lee -- To Kill a Mockingbird
By the end of the afternoon, when the spoils were handed out, Liesel and Rudy were given one diminutive apple between them.
Markus Zusak -- The Book Thief
Their first subject was the diminution of the Rosings party.
Jane Austen -- Pride and Prejudice
"Rugayushka!" he added, involuntarily by this diminutive expressing his affection and the hopes he placed on this red borzoi.
Leo Tolstoy -- War and Peace
Two diminutive white fangs curved down out of its upper jaw.
Christopher Paolini -- Eragon
The hotel refreshment-rooms were comfortable, and Mr. Fogg and Aouda, installing themselves at a table, were abundantly served on diminutive plates by negroes of darkest hue.
Jules Verne -- Around the World in 80 Days
A set of doll-house teacups, anchored to a diminutive tray, trembled in the palm of her hand.
Truman Capote -- In Cold Blood
A diminutive gentleman with a wispy mustache approached.
Frank Beddor -- The Looking Glass Wars
The wooden portico was diminutive, but it stood in the dark like a dour sentinel.
Dan Brown -- Angels & Demons
Oliver Twist’s ninth birthday found him a pale thin child, somewhat diminutive in stature, and decidedly small in circumference.
Charles Dickens -- Oliver Twist
Luciana vanished aboard one of the diminutive green vehicles, and Yossarian hurried as fast as he could all the way back to the cabaret and the bleary-eyed bleached blonde in the open orange satin blouse.
Joseph Heller -- Catch-22
She was a diminutive, withered up old woman of sixty, with sharp malignant eyes and a sharp little nose.
Fyodor Dostoyevsky -- Crime and Punishment
They’re diminutive andneatly turned out; each has his or her camera, his or her smile.
Margaret Atwood -- The Handmaid’s Tale
It might have pleased fortune, to have let the Lilliputians find some nation, where the people were as diminutive with respect to them, as they were to me.
Jonathan Swift -- Gulliver’s Travels
The bungalow was easily the oldest property on Wrightsville Beach and sandwiched between two massive homes that had gone up within the last ten years, making it seem even more diminutive.
Nicholas Sparks -- The Last Song
It presented its side and gable to the public road; hence its apparent diminutiveness.
Victor Hugo -- Les Miserables
Symbologists often remarked that France—a country renowned for machismo, womanizing, and diminutive insecure leaders like Napoleon and Pepin the Short—could not have chosen a more apt national emblem than a thousand-foot phallus.
Dan Brown -- The Da Vinci Code
They were broader than the men, and their faces were heavyset, yet their eyes sparkled and their hair was lustrous and their hands were gentle on their diminutive children.
Christopher Paolini -- Eldest
She was rather diminutive altogether.
Charles Dickens -- David Copperfield
I went slowly along, puzzling about the machines, and had been too intent upon them to notice the gradual diminution of the light, until Weena’s increasing apprehensions drew my attention.
H.G. Wells -- The Time Machine
Five hundred feet above the South Col, where the steep shale gave way to a gentler slope of snow, Namba’s oxygen ran out, and the diminutive Japanese woman sat down, refusing to move.
Jon Krakauer -- Into Thin Air
But that was for the daytime—toward evening with the inevitable diminution of nervous energy, her spirits flagged, and the arrows flew a little in the twilight.
F. Scott Fitzgerald -- Tender is the Night
And almost at once the yabbies - diminutive crayfish of the bush - came bobbing up to the surface.