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[dih-trak-shuh n] /dɪˈtræk ʃən/
the act of disparaging or belittling the reputation or worth of a person, work, etc.
Origin of detraction
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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  • 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.
  • Ay, an you had any eye behind you, you might see more detraction at your heels than fortunes before you.
  • As in duty bound, he who had been admitted to these banquets of wit and sense defended them against the detraction of pedants.
  • He abhorred lies and falsehood, especially all cunning and artificial methods of detraction.
  • The primary detraction was from the heavily used trails.
  • Notwithstanding the detraction of enemies and adulation of friends, it is evident that no inconsiderable number.
British Dictionary definitions for detraction


a person, thing, circumstance, etc, that detracts
the act of discrediting or detracting from another's reputation, esp by slander; disparagement
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Word Origin and History for detraction

mid-14c., from Old French detraccion "detraction, disparagement, denigration," from Latin detractionem (nominative detractio) "a drawing off," from past participle stem of detrahere "take down, pull down, disparage," from de- "down" (see de-) + trahere "to pull" (see tract (n.1)). The fem. form detractress is attested from 1716.

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