I believe the phrase "diminished times" is a common expression or cliche, maybe a quotation, but I haven't been able to find the source. Is it a cliche, and where does it come from?
P.S. After @aparente001 posted his or her answer, I found this example from a 5/11/2000 post by Andrew McLaren to the newsgroup uk.culture.language.english:
Even in these diminished times, Brazil produces something like 2/3s of the world's coffee, [down] from 80% a few decades ago.