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[dim-uh-noo-shuh n, -nyoo-] /ˌdɪm əˈnu ʃən, -ˈnyu-/
the act, fact, or process of diminishing; lessening; reduction.
Music. the repetition or imitation of a subject or theme in notes of shorter duration than those first used.
Origin of diminution
1275-1325; Middle English diminucion < Anglo-French diminuciun < Latin dīminūtiōn- (stem of dīminūtiō), for dēminūtiōn- (stem of dēminūtiō) (by influence of dīmunuere; see diminish), equivalent to dēminūt(us) (past participle of dēminuere, equivalent to dē- de- + minuere to lessen) + -iōn- -ion
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prediminution, noun Unabridged
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  • In buying or selling, any excess or diminution of what the law allows shall be registered.

    Laws Plato
  • The difficulty increases with the increase, and diminishes with the diminution of the number.

    Laws Plato
  • We have borne the heat without any diminution of natural strength.

  • There seems no diminution in the plague yet, that we can discern.

  • The diminution is often considerable, often indeed absolute.

    Histology of the Blood Paul Ehrlich
  • The diminution is chiefly at the expense of the polynuclear cells.

    Histology of the Blood Paul Ehrlich
  • It was long before there arrived any diminution in the unholy racket.

    The Genius

    Margaret Horton Potter
  • Do they observe, or fancy they observe, any diminution in the strength of England?

British Dictionary definitions for diminution


reduction; decrease
(music) the presentation of the subject of a fugue, etc, in which the note values are reduced in length Compare augmentation (sense 3)
Word Origin
C14: from Latin dēminūtiō; see diminish
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Word Origin and History for diminution

c.1300, from Anglo-French diminuciun, Old French diminucion, from Latin diminutionem (nominative diminutio), earlier deminutionem, noun of action from past participle stem of deminuere (see diminish).

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