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