loss, damage, disadvantage, or injury.
a cause of loss or damage.

1400–50; late Middle English (< Middle French) < Latin dētrīmentum loss, damage, equivalent to dētrī- (see detritus) + -mentum -ment

1. See damage. Unabridged
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detriment (ˈdɛtrɪmənt)
1.  disadvantage or damage; harm; loss
2.  a cause of disadvantage or damage
[C15: from Latin dētrīmentum, a rubbing off, hence damage, from dēterere to rub away, from de- + terere to rub]

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Word Origin & History

c.1440, from L. detrimentum, from detri-, stem of detere "wear away," from de- "away" + terere "to rub, wear" (see throw). Metaphoric sense of "impair" was present in classical L.
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Example sentences
Let us just say that everything that they tout as an "improvement" is
  a detriment to the actual functioning of the product.
It is to the detriment of that country.
We hope the Norwalk hatters stay at work, but not to the detriment of the hat
Regarding egos, most egos are neutral, but of course a person's ego can be to
  his detriment.
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