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 for diminution
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  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.
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     2. The act of lessening dignity or consideration, or the
        state of being deprived of dignity; a lowering in
        estimation; degradation; abasement.
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              The world's opinion or diminution of me. --Eikon
                                                    Basilike.
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              Nor thinks it diminution to be ranked
              In military honor next.               --Philips.
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     3. (Law) Omission, inaccuracy, or defect in a record.
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     4. (Mus.) In counterpoint, the imitation of, or reply to, a
        subject, in notes of half the length or value of those the
        subject itself.
  
     Syn: Decrease; decay; abatement; reduction; deduction;
          decrement.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  diminution
      n 1: change toward something smaller or lower [syn: decline,
           diminution]
      2: the statement of a theme in notes of lesser duration (usually
         half the length of the original) [ant: augmentation]
      3: the act of decreasing or reducing something [syn: decrease,
         diminution, reduction, step-down] [ant: increase,
         step-up]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  100 Moby Thesaurus words for "diminution":
     abatement, abridgment, allayment, alleviation, analgesia,
     anesthesia, anesthetizing, appeasement, assuagement, attenuation,
     attrition, blunting, calming, concavity, contraction, curtailment,
     cut, cutting, dampening, damping, de-escalation, deadening,
     debasement, decrease, decrement, decrescence, deduction, deflation,
     degradation, demotion, demulsion, depletion, depreciation,
     depression, derogation, descent, detraction, detrusion,
     diminishment, dip, disparagement, ducking, dulcification, dulling,
     dying, dying off, ease, easement, easing, extenuation, extraction,
     fade-out, falling-off, hauling down, hollowness, hushing,
     impairment, languishment, leniency, lessening, letdown, letup,
     lightening, loosening, lowering, lulling, miniaturization,
     mitigation, modulation, mollification, numbing, pacification,
     palliation, quietening, quieting, reduction, relaxation, relief,
     remedy, remission, retraction, retrenchment, sagging, salving,
     scaling down, shortening, shrinkage, simplicity, sinking,
     slackening, softening, soothing, subduement, submergence,
     subtraction, tempering, thrusting under, tranquilization,
     truncation, weakening
  
  

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