Diminishing rule

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(Arch.) a board cut with a concave edge, for fixing the entasis and curvature of a shaft.
- Gwilt.

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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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It said the attacks underscored the diminishing rule of law it attributed to the President's 'incitement and instigation of killings of drug suspects.'
With a malevolent glint in his eye and that deep growl of a voice spewing both veiled insults and vicious antagonisms, McShane's Max is not entirely unrelated to his magnificently heartless Al Swearengen from HBO's "Deadwood." The fundamental difference is the aging Max's awareness of his diminishing rule. Even as he wields his walking stick like a truncheon, his anger seems fueled by the certainty that his strength is fading.