Definition for DIM-I-NU'TION

DIM-I-NU'TION, n. [L. diminutio.]

  1. The act of lessening; a making smaller; opposed to augmentation; as, the diminution of size, of wealth, of power, of safety.
  2. The state of becoming or appearing less; opposed to increase; as, the diminution of the apparent diameter of a receding body.
  3. Discredit; loss of dignity; degradation. – Philips.
  4. Deprivation of dignity; a lessening of estimation. – Addison.
  5. In architecture, the contraction of the upper part of a column, by which its diameter is made less than that of the lower part.
  6. In music, the imitation of or reply to a subject in notes of half the length or value of those of the subject itself. – Busby.

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