But even among the pure there is room for envy and detraction.
It was no detraction from its merit that it might be all acting, for it was still "high art."
It is very absurd to consider criticism that is not always favourable, detraction.
If I differ from high authority, I have not a thought of detraction.
detraction is a vice unknown even amongst the women; and falsehood is particularly odious to them.
Mention not a blemish which is thy own in detraction of a neighbour.
Lady Petulant has by the use of it cured her husband of jealousy, and Lady Gad her whole neighbourhood of detraction.
The indication is that the writer had in his mind the beast of fanaticism and detraction.
He could not bear the thought of one iota of detraction from her honor, her dignity or her welfare.
Le Mercier dedicated his book, on detraction, to his people.
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.