- 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
Examples from the Web for diminution
Equally important, the diminution of the middle orders threatens one of the historic sources of economic vitality and innovation.In the Future We'll All Be Renters: America's Disappearing Middle Class
August 10, 2014
I have no doubt Texas and its politicians will rebound here one day, but for now, the diminution of Texas power is kinda sad.The Death of Texas Power
February 4, 2009
In buying or selling, any excess or diminution of what the law allows shall be registered.
The difficulty increases with the increase, and diminishes with the diminution of the number.
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
- 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 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).