detract

[dih-trakt]
verb (used without object)
1.
to take away a part, as from quality, value, or reputation (usually followed by from ).
verb (used with object)
2.
to draw away or divert; distract: to detract another's attention from more important issues.
3.
Archaic. to take away (a part); abate: The dilapidated barn detracts charm from the landscape.

Origin:
1400–50; late Middle English (< Middle French detracter) < Latin dētractus drawn away (past participle of dētrahere), equivalent to dē- de- + tractus drawn; see tract1

detractingly, adverb
detractor, noun
undetracting, adjective
undetractingly, adverb
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detract (dɪˈtrækt)
 
vb (when intr, usually foll by from)
1.  to take away a part (of); diminish: her anger detracts from her beauty
2.  (tr) to distract or divert
3.  obsolete (tr) to belittle or disparage
 
[C15: from Latin dētractus drawn away, from dētrahere to pull away, disparage, from de- + trahere to drag]
 
usage  Detract is sometimes wrongly used where distract is meant: a noise distracted (not detracted) my attention
 
de'tractingly
 
adv
 
de'tractive
 
adj
 
de'tractory
 
adj
 
de'tractively
 
adv
 
de'tractor
 
n

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detract
c.1500, from L. detractus, pp. of detrahere "to draw off" (see detraction).
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Example sentences
The quality of student's education can be enhanced or detracted from based on
  the work done by administrative support staff.
They include page after page of heavy underlining and marginalia that a book
  dealer thought detracted from their value.
But so does agriculture, and that has not detracted much from beef sales.
The grilled ciabatta was delicious and gooey, but the charred crusts of the
  bread detracted from pure enjoyment.
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