Definitions for abatementəˈbeɪt mənt
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suspension, respite, reprieve, hiatus, abatement(noun)
an interruption in the intensity or amount of something
the act of abating
"laws enforcing noise abatement"
the act of abating, or the state of being abated; a lessening, diminution, or reduction; removal or putting an end to; as, the abatement of a nuisance is the suppression thereof
the amount abated; that which is taken away by way of reduction; deduction; decrease; a rebate or discount allowed
a mark of dishonor on an escutcheon
the entry of a stranger, without right, into a freehold after the death of the last possessor, before the heir or devisee
Origin: [OF. abatement, F. abattement.]
An abatement is a modification of a coat of arms, representing a less-than honorable augmentation, imposed by an heraldic authority or by royal decree for misconduct. The practice of inverting the entire escutcheon of an armiger found guilty of high treason has been attested since the Middle Ages and is generally accepted as reliable, and medieval heraldic sources cite at least one instance of removing an honourable charge from a coat of arms by royal decree as an abatement of honour. Other abatements of honour implied by the addition of dishonourable stainand charges, appearing in late 16th century texts, have never been reliably attested in actual practice. Additionally, as many heraldic writers note, the use of arms is not compulsory, so armigers are more likely to relinquish a dishonored coat of arms than to advertise their dishonor.
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a mark of disgrace in a coat of arms.
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