[ 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

Related forms

pre·dim·i·nu·tion, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for diminution


/ (ˌdɪmɪˈnjuːʃən) /


reduction; decrease
music the presentation of the subject of a fugue, etc, in which the note values are reduced in lengthCompare augmentation (def. 3)

Word Origin for diminution

C14: from Latin dēminūtiō; see diminish
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