Definition of Diminution

1. Noun. Change toward something smaller or lower.




2. Noun. The statement of a theme in notes of lesser duration (usually half the length of the original).
Generic synonyms: Statement
Antonyms: Augmentation

3. Noun. The act of decreasing or reducing something.

Definition of Diminution

1. n. 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.

Definition of Diminution

1. Noun. A lessening, decrease or reduction. ¹

2. Noun. (music) The shortening of the notes of a melody or theme. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Diminution

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Diminution

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diminution (current term)
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Literary usage of Diminution

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1. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1908)
"Thus, in 19, or 65 per cent., there was either an entire absence or diminution of free HCI. It is interesting that this absence or diminution persists after ..."

2. United States Supreme Court Reports by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, United States Supreme Court (1888)
"Damages against a railroad company for laying its track upon a street—Ohio statute—owner of property near tfie street entitled to damages —diminution of ..."

3. The Annual Register, Or, A View of the History, Politics, and Literature for by Edmund Burke, Benjamin Franklin Collection (Library of Congress), John Davis Batchelder Collection (Library of Congress) (1826)
"... British Spirits, Rum, Cider— diminution of the Assessed faxes—Motions for t lie Repeal or further diminution of Taxes negatived. ..."

4. United States Supreme Court Reports by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, United States Supreme Court (1885)
"Whether upon the diminution of such assets the certificate holders would be postponed to the stockholders, seems unnecessary to discuss. ..."

5. The History of the Peloponnesian War by Thucydides, Henry Dale, Thomas Arnold (1873)
"there was no diminution of hi» army (except by disease), but accessions to it ; for many of the independent Thracians, though uninvited, followed him for ..."

6. A Treatise on syphilis in new-born children and infants at the breast by Paul Diday, Frederic Russell Sturgis, Charles Joseph Paul Édouard Diday (1883)
"They have no specific character, but are met with in all children who sink under general affections of rapid progress. HI.—Gradual diminution of the ..."

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