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
In this lesson, students share opinions about the factors that contribute to or
  detract from their happiness.
That's fine, but the slides should enhance rather than detract from your
  presentation.
Yet none of this should detract from the moment's historic importance.
Mud and other floating matter can detract from this method's effectiveness.
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