noun \di-ˈtrak-shən, dē-\

Definition of DETRACTION

:  a lessening of reputation or esteem especially by envious, malicious, or petty criticism :  belittling, disparagement
:  a taking away <it is no detraction from its dignity or prestige — J. F. Golay>
de·trac·tive \-ˈtrak-tiv\ adjective
de·trac·tive·ly adverb

Examples of DETRACTION

  1. <her inevitable detraction of every new idea is annoying to the other club members>

First Known Use of DETRACTION

14th century


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