dim·i·nu·tion /ˌdɪməˈnuʃən ||ˈnju-/
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.
Syn: -- Decrease; decay; abatement; reduction; deduction; decrement.
n 1: change toward something smaller or lower [syn: decline]
2: the statement of a theme in notes of lesser duration
(usually half the length of the original) [ant: augmentation]
3: the act of decreasing or reducing something [syn: decrease,
reduction, step-down] [ant: increase]