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Definition of "diminution" []

  • The act or process of diminishing; a lessening or reduction. (noun)
  • The resulting reduction; decrease. (noun)
  • Music Statement of a theme in notes of lesser duration, usually one-half, of the original. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "diminution" in a sentence
  • "I. iii.18 (165,3) till the diminution/Of space had pointed him sharp as my needle] _The diminution of space_, is _the diminution_ of which"
  • "If the above seems to create an "unfair" windfall for stockholders or short term diminution of tax revenues, raise the capital gains rates."
  • "I learned augmentation and diminution from the d-sharp-minor fugue in Book I of the WTC; I learned inversion from Rachmaninoff's Paganini Variations — the old stand-bys are old indeed."