Diminution Dim`i*nu"tion, n. [L. diminutio, or perh. rather deminutio: cf. F. diminution. See {Diminish}.] 1. 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}. [1913 Webster]

2. The act of lessening dignity or consideration, or the state of being deprived of dignity; a lowering in estimation; degradation; abasement. [1913 Webster]

The world's opinion or diminution of me. --Eikon Basilike. [1913 Webster]

Nor thinks it diminution to be ranked In military honor next. --Philips. [1913 Webster]

3. (Law) Omission, inaccuracy, or defect in a record. [1913 Webster]

4. (Mus.) In counterpoint, the imitation of, or reply to, a subject, in notes of half the length or value of those the subject itself.

Syn: Decrease; decay; abatement; reduction; deduction; decrement. [1913 Webster]

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