What is the meaning, origin and usage of word ‘Abatement’?

Meaning: A noun, abatement suggests reprieve or the act of reducing something, or making something unpleasant less intense. It may be used to refer to a reduction in penalties, a rebate or a respite in war.

Origin: The term comes from Anglo-Norman French, from Old French abatre meaning “fell, put an end to”. It entered English in the mid-14th Century.

Usage: The long war shows no sign of abatement.

 With no abatement in the bursting of firecrackers on Diwali night, the poor dogs in the neighbourhood kept howling.

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