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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Example sentences
Reports suggest results similar to the baited electric fence, without the
  visual detraction that the fence creates.
They also noted that labeling of water is not necessarily detraction.
Similarly, the increase in hardness could be an improvement or detraction,
  depending on the application.
The fact that the film gives evidence of having been shot more or less on the
  wing is no particular detraction.
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