Diminution

Definition of Diminution

Dim`i`nu´tion
n.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.
2.The act of lessening dignity or consideration, or the state of being deprived of dignity; a lowering in estimation; degradation; abasement.
The world's opinion or diminution of me.
- Eikon Basilike.
Nor thinks it diminution to be ranked
In military honor next.
- Philips.
3.(Law) Omission, inaccuracy, or defect in a record.
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.

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