diminution

See also: Diminution

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Middle English diminucioun, from Anglo-Norman diminuciun, Old French diminucion, from Latin dīminūtiō.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /dɪmɪˈnjuːʃən/
  • Rhymes: -uːʃən
  • Hyphenation: di‧mi‧nu‧tion

NounEdit

diminution (countable and uncountable, plural diminutions)

  1. A lessening, decrease or reduction.
    The new emission standards have produced a measurable diminution in air pollution.
    • 2020, Frank Bruni, Donald Trump Is the Best Ever President in the History of the Cosmos[1]:
      That’s the question at the heart of [Donald Trump's] re-election bid, because his strategy isn’t really “law and order” or racism or a demonization of liberals as monument-phobic wackadoodles or a diminution of Joe Biden as a doddering wreck.
  2. The act or process of making diminutive.
  3. (music) a compositional technique where the composer shortens the melody by shortening its note values.

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FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old French diminucion, borrowed from Latin dīminūtiō.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /di.mi.ny.sjɔ̃/
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NounEdit

diminution f (plural diminutions)

  1. diminution, abatement

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InterlinguaEdit

NounEdit

diminution (plural diminutiones)

  1. decrease

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