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dim·i·nu·tion

 (dĭm′ə-no͞o′shən, -nyo͞o′-)
n.
1.
a. The act or process of diminishing; a lessening or reduction.
b. The resulting reduction; decrease.
2. Music Statement of a theme in notes of lesser duration, usually one-half, of the original.

[Middle English diminucioun, from Old French diminution, from Latin dīminūtiō, dīminūtiōn-, from dīminūtus, past participle of dīminuere; see diminish.]

dim′i·nu′tion·al adj.

diminution

(ˌdɪmɪˈnjuːʃən)
n
1. reduction; decrease
2. (Classical Music) music the presentation of the subject of a fugue, etc, in which the note values are reduced in length. Compare augmentation3
[C14: from Latin dēminūtiō; see diminish]

dim•i•nu•tion

(ˌdɪm əˈnu ʃən, -ˈnyu-)

n.
the act, fact, or process of diminishing; lessening; reduction.
[1275–1325; Middle English < Anglo-French < Latin dīminūtiō, for dēminūtiō (by influence of dīminuere; see diminish) <dēminū-, variant s. of dēminuere (dē- de- + minuere to lessen)]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.diminution - change toward something smaller or lowerdiminution - change toward something smaller or lower
decrease, decrement - a process of becoming smaller or shorter
decline in quality, worsening, declension, deterioration - process of changing to an inferior state
detumescence - diminution of swelling; the subsidence of anything swollen
ebb, ebbing, wane - a gradual decline (in size or strength or power or number)
erosion - a gradual decline of something; "after the accounting scandal there was an erosion of confidence in the auditors"
loss - gradual decline in amount or activity; "weight loss"; "a serious loss of business"
nosedive - a sudden sharp drop or rapid decline; "the stock took a nosedive"
sinking spell - a temporary decline in health or value
slippage - decline from a standard level of performance or achievement
2.diminution - the statement of a theme in notes of lesser duration (usually half the length of the original)
statement - (music) the presentation of a musical theme; "the initial statement of the sonata"
augmentation - the statement of a theme in notes of greater duration (usually twice the length of the original)
3.diminution - the act of decreasing or reducing somethingdiminution - the act of decreasing or reducing something
change of magnitude - the act of changing the amount or size of something
cut - the act of reducing the amount or number; "the mayor proposed extensive cuts in the city budget"
mitigation, moderation - the action of lessening in severity or intensity; "the object being control or moderation of economic depressions"
lowering - the act of causing to become less
cutback - a reduction in quantity or rate
devaluation - the reduction of something's value or worth
devitalisation, devitalization - the act of reducing the vitality of something
mitigation, palliation, extenuation - to act in such a way as to cause an offense to seem less serious
alleviation, easement, easing, relief - the act of reducing something unpleasant (as pain or annoyance); "he asked the nurse for relief from the constant pain"
de-escalation - (war) a reduction in intensity (of a crisis or a war)
minimisation, minimization - the act of reducing something to the least possible amount or degree or position
depletion - the act of decreasing something markedly
shortening - act of decreasing in length; "the dress needs shortening"
shrinking - the act of becoming less
subtraction, deduction - the act of subtracting (removing a part from the whole); "he complained about the subtraction of money from their paychecks"
deflation - the act of letting the air out of something
discount, price reduction, deduction - the act of reducing the selling price of merchandise
rollback - reducing prices back to some earlier level
weakening - the act of reducing the strength of something
depreciation - a decrease in price or value; "depreciation of the dollar against the yen"
contraction - the act of decreasing (something) in size or volume or quantity or scope
reverse split, reverse stock split, split down - a decrease in the number of outstanding shares of a corporation without changing the shareholders' equity
amortisation, amortization - the reduction of the value of an asset by prorating its cost over a period of years
declassification - reduction or removal by the government of restrictions on a classified document or weapon
tax shelter, shelter - a way of organizing business to reduce the taxes it must pay on current earnings
tax credit - a direct reduction in tax liability (not dependent on the taxpayer's tax bracket)

diminution

noun
1. decrease, decline, lessening, weakening, decay, contraction, abatement a slight diminution in asset value
2. reduction, cut, decrease, weakening, deduction, contraction, lessening, cutback, retrenchment, abatement, curtailment The president has accepted a diminution of his original powers.

diminution

noun
Translations
نَقْص، تَناقُص
poklessníženíúbytek
formindskelsereduktion
minnkun, rÿrnun
mažytisminiatiūrinis
samazināšanasamazināšanās
azalışazalma

diminution

[ˌdɪmɪˈnjuːʃən] N (frm) → disminución f

diminution

n (in general) → Verringerung f; (of reputation)Schmälerung f; (in enthusiasm) → Nachlassen nt

diminution

[ˌdɪmɪˈnjuːʃən] n (of value, power) → diminuzione f; (of strength, enthusiasm) → affievolimento

diminution

(dimiˈnjuːʃən) noun
lessening. a diminution in the birth rate.
diminutive (diˈminjutiv) adjective
very small. a diminutive child.

diminution

n. disminución, proceso de disminuir o reducir.
References in classic literature ?
It is--we say it without censure, nor in diminution of the claim which it indefeasibly possesses on beings of another mould--it is always selfish in its essence; and we must give it leave to be so, and heap up our heroic and disinterested love upon it so much the more, without a recompense.
Her eagerness to be gone from Norland was preserved from diminution by the evident satisfaction of her daughter-in-law in the prospect of her removal; a satisfaction which was but feebly attempted to be concealed under a cold invitation to her to defer her departure.
Hither as to thir Fountain other Starrs Repairing, in thir gold'n Urns draw Light, And hence the Morning Planet guilds his horns; By tincture or reflection they augment Thir small peculiar, though from human sight So farr remote, with diminution seen.
The hermit was somewhat discountenanced by this observation; and, moreover, he made but a poor figure while gazing on the diminution of the pasty, on which his guest was making desperate inroads; a warfare in which his previous profession of abstinence left him no pretext for joining.
For it is plain, that every word we speak is, in some degree, a diminution of our lunge by corrosion, and, consequently, contributes to the shortening of our lives.
Among the most formidable of the obstacles which the new Constitution will have to encounter may readily be distinguished the obvious interest of a certain class of men in every State to resist all changes which may hazard a diminution of the power, emolument, and consequence of the offices they hold under the State establishments; and the perverted ambition of another class of men, who will either hope to aggrandize themselves by the confusions of their country, or will flatter themselves with fairer prospects of elevation from the subdivision of the empire into several partial confederacies than from its union under one government.
But the most deplorable effect of all is that diminution of attachment and reverence which steals into the hearts of the people, towards a political system which betrays so many marks of infirmity, and disappoints so many of their flattering hopes.
But it has been found by the wisest of our Circles or Statesmen that the multiplication of restrictions on Females tends not only to the debilitation and diminution of the race, but also to the increase of domestic murders to such an extent that a State loses more than it gains by a too prohibitive Code.
There are other and natural causes tending toward a diminution of population, but nothing contributes so greatly to this end as the fact that no male or female Martian is ever voluntarily without a weapon of destruction.
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.
He pointed out-- writing in a foolish, facetious tone--that the perfection of mechanical appliances must ultimately supersede limbs; the perfection of chemical devices, digestion; that such organs as hair, external nose, teeth, ears, and chin were no longer essential parts of the human being, and that the tendency of natural selection would lie in the direction of their steady diminution through the coming ages.
There are six sorts of movement: generation, destruction, increase, diminution, alteration, and change of place.