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Pronunciation:  `dimu'nooshun

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the act of decreasing or reducing something
  2. [n]  the statement of a theme in notes of lesser duration (usually half the length of the original)
  3. [n]  change toward something smaller or lower

DIMINUTION is a 10 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: decline, decrease, reduction, step-down
 Antonyms: augmentation, increase, step-up
 See Also: alleviation, amortisation, amortization, change of magnitude, cut, cutback, declassification, declension, decline in quality, decrease, decrement, deduction, de-escalation, deflation, depletion, depreciation, deterioration, devaluation, devitalisation, devitalization, discount, drop-off, easement, easing, ebb, ebbing, extenuation, falling off, falloff, loss, lowering, minimisation, minimization, mitigation, moderation, palliation, price reduction, relief, reverse split, reverse stock split, rollback, shelter, shortening, shrinking, sinking spell, slack, slippage, slump, split down, statement, subtraction, tax credit, tax deduction, tax shelter, wane, weakening, worsening



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\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}.

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

         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.

Syn: Decrease; decay; abatement; reduction; deduction;

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