Usage examples for diminution

  1. A diminution of height immediately occurs. – Response in the Living and Non-Living by Jagadis Chunder Bose
  2. But from the 24th October a gradual diminution in this tariff was prescribed, and from the 1st of January 1721 these coins were to circulate respectively at 45 livres and 2 livres 10 sols. – The History of Currency, 1252 to 1896 by William Arthur Shaw
  3. You may see that the Papists themselves do not rely upon the legality of this power which you are to justify, since the being so very earnest to get it established by a law, and the doing such very hard things in order, as they think, to obtain it, is a clear evidence that they do not think that the single power of the Crown is in this case a good foundation; especially when this is done under a prince so very tender of the rights of sovereignty that he would think it a diminution to his prerogative, where he conceiveth it strong enough to go alone, to call in the legislative help to strengthen and support it. – Political Pamphlets by George Saintsbury
  4. Sir Francis, with no diminution of the mild and bland benevolence of his detachment, said: The voice is the Press Bureau's voice, but the hands are the hands of the War Office. – The Pretty Lady by Arnold E. Bennett
  5. Indeed the fact seems clearly ascertained that the Volga has undergone a great diminution of volume within the last century. – Travels in the Steppes of the Caspian Sea, the Crimea, the Caucasus, &c. by Xavier Hommaire de Hell
  6. It has a moral object, of course- a somewhat similar one to that of Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility; but the warning against allowing sensitiveness to pass into sentimentality is here directed to girls just budding into womanhood; and the punishment for the error is not a love disappointment, but the diminution of the power of domestic and social helpfulness. – Harriet Martineau by Florence Fenwick Miller
  7. In injuries of the head too, cases have occurred, where whole spoonsful of the hemisphere of the brain have been taken out without the slightest diminution of the actively intellectual powers. – The Student-Life of Germany by William Howitt
  8. The important one was, that while he lay with his armed troops near the walls of the city, he was informed that troops had marched out of it with colours flying, as a reinforcement for Spain; that of less importance was, that he was informed by one of his prisoners, that the very ground on which his camp stood was sold at this very time, without any diminution in its price. – The History of Rome; Books Nine to Twenty-Six by Titus Livius
  9. Christmas does not promise much diminution of the work here. – Christina by L. G. Moberly
  10. But both of them felt that words had been spoken which must probably lead to some diminution of their past intimacy. – Can You Forgive Her? by Anthony Trollope
  11. O, I know; I say there are no less than three Courts, under the continuous sittings system, and yet we seem to make no progress in the diminution of the tremendous and overwhelming mass of business that pours in upon us. – The Humourous Story of Farmer Bumpkin's Lawsuit by Richard Harris
  12. It was some days since she had heard from him, for his letters had been less frequent of late; and though at the bottom of her heart she knew that her own chilly replies were to blame for this diminution of her lover's ardour, she chose to count his silence as still another offence. – A Houseful of Girls by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
  13. The excellence of the Finnic languages consists rather in a diminution than increase of verbal forms; but in declension Finnish is even richer than Turkish. – Lectures on The Science of Language by Max Müller
  14. Few, indeed, even of those whom the world regards with its highest favor and esteem, could endure such an ordeal without some diminution of their fame. – The Life of Marie Antoinette, Queen of France by Charles Duke Yonge
  15. The men on the beach watched these proceedings with a gradual diminution of their alarm, with the admiration that Honey in the water always excited, with the amusement that Lulu's fearless display of infatuation always developed. – Angel Island by Inez Haynes Gillmore