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diminution


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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Diminution  \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 
  Basilike 
 
  Nor  thinks  it  diminution  to  be  ranked  In  military 
  honor  next  --Philips. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  diminution 
  n  1:  change  toward  something  smaller  or  lower  [syn:  {decline}] 
  2:  the  act  of  decreasing  or  reducing  something  [syn:  {decrease}, 
  {reduction},  {step-down}]  [ant:  {increase}] 




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