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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.
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This a good deal soured the captain's temper, as did all the other daily instances of Mr Allworthy's generosity; for he looked on all such largesses to be diminutions of his own wealth.
There are six sorts of movement: generation, destruction, increase, diminution, alteration, and change of place.
But besides this, since the exhaustion and enormous diminution of the army caused by the rapidity of the advance had become evident, another reason for slackening the pace and delaying presented itself to Kutuzov.
Midnight arrived, and the enthusiasm showed no signs of diminution.
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.
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 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.
Their first subject was the diminution of the Rosings party.
The wisest princes need not think it any diminution to their greatness, or derogation to their sufficiency, to rely upon counsel.
Her kindred dwelling there would probably continue their daily lives as heretofore, with no great diminution of pleasure in their consciousness, although she would be far off, and they deprived of her smile.
I walked up and down; at one time absorbed in my own thoughts; at another, engaged in watching the gradual diminution in the number of foot passengers who passed me as the night advanced.