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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Diminution \Dim'i*nu"tion\, noun [L. diminutio, or perh. rather deminutio: cf. F. diminution. See {Diminish}.]

1. The act of diminishing, or of making or becoming less; state of being diminished; reduction in size, quantity, or degree; -- opposed to {augmentation} or {increase}.

2. The act of lessening dignity or consideration, or the state of being deprived of dignity; a lowering in estimation; degradation; abasement.

The world's opinion or diminution of me. --Eikon Basilike.

Nor thinks it diminution to be ranked In military honor next. --Philips.

3. (Law) Omission, inaccuracy, or defect in a record.

4. (Mus.) In counterpoint, the imitation of, or reply to, a subject, in notes of half the length or value of those the subject itself.

Syn: Decrease; decay; abatement; reduction; deduction; decrement.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

diminution

noun

1: change toward something smaller or lower [syn: {decline}, {diminution}]

2: the statement of a theme in notes of lesser duration (usually half the length of the original) [ant: {augmentation}]

3: the act of decreasing or reducing something [syn: {decrease}, {diminution}, {reduction}, {step-down}] [ant: {increase}, {step-up}]


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