verb (used without object)
to take away a part, as from quality, value, or reputation (usually followed by from ).
verb (used with object)
to draw away or divert; distract: to detract another's attention from more important issues.
Archaic. to take away (a part); abate: The dilapidated barn detracts charm from the landscape.
Origin: 1400–50; late Middle English Related forms
(< Middle French detracter
) < Latin dētractus
drawn away (past participle of dētrahere
), equivalent to dē- de-
drawn; see tract1