from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The act of diminishing; reducing in size, quantity, or quality.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Diminution.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Diminution; abatement.
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The cap on damage awards for pain and suffering (legally described as a diminishment in the quality life) may increase litigation.
Too many people, I think, and liberal religionists especially, conflate the notion of "tradition" with stasis or complacency, and read the idea of covenantal authority as some kind of diminishment rather than potential enlargement of agency.
We favor that kind of diminishment as inducement for the two sides to negotiate in earnest.
There is no spiritual justification for invading a country with weapons, or launching a pious attack that spreads fear and motivates the diminishment of creative expression.
High unemployment, disparity widening between rich and poor, and the diminishment of a solid middle class.
Instead of a great mind and literary master, she became an emblem of suffering and diminishment.
The very title of "The Pale King" is suggestive of grandeur in a state of sad diminishment.
The very fact that actually committing words to paper will inevitably result in some quality of diminishment in the idea itself is probably what led Cioran to say, I think it was in The Trouble with Being Born, that as he grew older it became progressively more difficult for him to summon the motivation to blacken a page.
It is another trojan horse bill that will allow the continuing growth of government and diminishment of the private sector.
The Global Zero action plan offers a PowerPoint-ready chart extrapolating the same rate of diminishment: from forty thousand to twenty thousand in twenty years, making it seem like getting from twenty thousand to Zero in another twenty years would not be radical or impossible so long as mutually agreed on inspection, verification, and enforcement could be achieved.