Crossword clues for lesser
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Lesser \Less"er\ (l[e^]s"[~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.
Lesser \Less"er\, adv.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
a. 1 (en-comparative of: little) 2 of two things, the smaller in size, value, importance etc. n. a thing that is of smaller size, value, importance etc.
adj. of less size or importance; "the lesser anteater"; "the lesser of two evils" [ant: greater]
smaller in size or amount or value; "the lesser powers of Europe"; "the lesser anteater"
Lesser, from Eliezer (, "Help/Court of my God"), is a surname. Notable people with the surname include:
- Adolf Lesser (1851–1926), German physician
- Aleksander Lesser (1814–1884), Polish painter and art critic
- Anton Lesser (born 1952), British actor
- Axel Lesser (born 1946), East German cross country skier
- Edmund Lesser (1852–1918), German dermatologist
- Erik Lesser (born 1988), German biathlete
- Gabriele Lesser (born 1960), German historian and journalist
- George Lesser, American musician
- Gerald S. Lesser (1926–2010), American psychologist
- Henry Lesser (born 1963), German footballer
- J Lesser (born 1970), American musician
- Len Lesser (1922–2011), American actor
- Louis Lesser (born 1916), American real estate developer
- Matt Lesser, Connecticut politician
- Mike Lesser (born 1943), British mathematical philosopher and political activist
- Milton Lesser or Stephen Marlowe (1928–2008), American author
- Norman Lesser (1902–1985), Anglican bishop and Archbishop of New Zealand
- Otto Lesser (1830–1887), German astronomer
- Rika Lesser (born 1953), American poet
- Robert Lesser (born 1942), American actor
- Rosa Lesser, Austrian luger
- Ryan Lesser, Rhode Island video game designer
- Sam Lesser or Sam Russell (1915–2010), British journalist and Spanish Civil War veteran
- Sol Lesser (1890–1980), American film producer
- Stephen A. Lesser (born 1944), American architect
- Wendy Lesser (born 1952), American author, editor and critic
- Werner Lesser (1932–2005), East German ski jumper
Lesser is also a given name. Notable people with the given name include:
- Lesser Samuels (1894–1980), Hollywood screenwriter
- Lesser Ury (1861-1931), German Impressionist painter and printmaker
Usage examples of "lesser".
The scene I cannot describe--I should faint if I tried it, for there is madness in a room full of classified charnel things, with blood and lesser human debris almost ankle-deep on the slimy floor, and with hideous reptilian abnormalities sprouting, bubbling, and baking over a winking bluish-green spectre of dim flame in a far corner of black shadows.
The room was abuzz with lesser courtiers trying to take their first step on the long and slippery ladder to preferment and office.
It was a compound of actinium, a substance far more radioactive than radium, but of lesser duration.
Solitude had killed every power in her save vanity, and the form her vanity took was peculiarly irritating to her husband, and in a lesser degree to her daughter, for neither the Elder nor Loo would have founded self-esteem on adventitious advantages of upbringing.
The day was away back in the alcheringa and it had been very still and very hot, and the whole tribe, with the exception of one man, lay amongst the bracken in the shade of big eucalypti and lesser myrtles and other scrub.
Sometimes the wolves would slink into the Lesser Town and attack the almsfolk foraging for scraps in the middens, and sometimes an almsman would be discovered dead in the snow, half naked and frozen stiff, still clutching his staff, looking like a statue toppled from its pedestal.
From this, and much other evidence, geologists have deduced that the Altiplano is still gradually rising, but in an unbalanced manner with greater altitudes being attained in the northern part and lesser in the southern.
Of course everyone understood that the Ancestress had no intention of burying her wealth with Fainting Maid, but the display was customary, and it was also designed to make lesser mortals turn green with envy.
It is observed by arithmeticians, that the products of 9, compose always either 9, or some lesser product of 9, if you add together all the characters of which any of the former products is composed.
But evidently she saw him as a lesser enemy and focused her wrath on the Asper snake.
That greater or lesser grace appears in the baptized, may occur in two ways.
Praepositivus, however, says that children who die after being exorcized but before being baptized are subjected to lesser darkness.
Fool, I, Rob, do rob and have robbed greater robbers that I might by robbery live to rob like robbers again, as thou, by thy foolish folly, fooleries make, befooling fools lesser than thou, that thou, Fool, by such fool-like fooleries may live to fool like fools again!
She was generally at the centre of things, surrounded by a bickering and admiring crowd of seemingly lesser mortals, which sometimes included Jalila.
Radhakrishnan had occupied himself with implanting the biochip, a lesser surgeon - more of a technician, really - had drilled a few holes through the disembodied chunk of skull and implanted a plastic connector.