dim|i|nu|tion «DIHM uh NOO shuhn, -NYOO-», noun.
1. a diminishing; lessening; reduction; decrease: »

The colonists fought to prevent any diminution of their rights by the king. Age brought a gradual diminution of his strength and energy. The diminution of true freedom of the intellect through a deadening but voluntary conformity... (Time).

2. Music. a theme or subject repeated or imitated in notes of shorter length than those originally used.
[< Old French diminution, learned borrowing from Latin dīminūtiō, -ōnis < dīminuere; see etym. under diminish (Cf.diminish)]

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