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diminution

[dim-uh-noo-shuh n, -nyoo-] /ˌdɪm əˈnu ʃən, -ˈnyu-/
noun
1.
the act, fact, or process of diminishing; lessening; reduction.
2.
Music. the repetition or imitation of a subject or theme in notes of shorter duration than those first used.
Origin
1275-1325
1275-1325; Middle English diminucion < Anglo-French diminuciun < Latin dīminūtiōn- (stem of dīminūtiō), for dēminūtiōn- (stem of dēminūtiō) (by influence of dīmunuere; see diminish), equivalent to dēminūt(us) (past participle of dēminuere, equivalent to dē- de- + minuere to lessen) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
prediminution, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for prediminution

diminution

/ˌdɪmɪˈnjuːʃən/
noun
1.
reduction; decrease
2.
(music) the presentation of the subject of a fugue, etc, in which the note values are reduced in length Compare augmentation (sense 3)
Word Origin
C14: from Latin dēminūtiō; see diminish
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Word Origin and History for prediminution

diminution

n.

c.1300, from Anglo-French diminuciun, Old French diminucion, from Latin diminutionem (nominative diminutio), earlier deminutionem, noun of action from past participle stem of deminuere (see diminish).

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