de traction


the act of disparaging or belittling the reputation or worth of a person, work, etc.

1300–50; Middle English (< Anglo-French) < Late Latin dētractiōn- (stem of dētractiō), equivalent to Latin dētract(us) (see detract) + -iōn- -ion Unabridged
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detraction (dɪˈtrækʃən)
1.  a person, thing, circumstance, etc, that detracts
2.  the act of discrediting or detracting from another's reputation, esp by slander; disparagement

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Word Origin & History

mid-14c., from O.Fr. detractiun, from L. detractionem, from detrahere "take down, pull down, disparage," from de- "down" + trahere "to pull" (see tract (1)). The fem. form detractress is attested from 1716.
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