Etymology
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diminuendo

musical instruction to a performer to lessen the volume of sound, 1775, from Italian diminuendo "lessening, diminishing," present participle of diminuire, from Latin deminuere (see diminish). Opposite of crescendo. Often abbreviated dim. or indicated by >

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Definitions of diminuendo
1
diminuendo (n.)
(music) a gradual decrease in loudness;
Synonyms: decrescendo
2
diminuendo (adj.)
(music) gradually decreasing in volume;
Synonyms: decrescendo
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