detriment


det·ri·ment

noun \ˈde-trə-mənt\

: something that will cause damage or injury to something or someone

: the act of causing damage or injury to something or someone

Full Definition of DETRIMENT

1
:  injury, damage <did hard work without detriment to his health>
2
:  a cause of injury or damage <a detriment to progress>

Examples of DETRIMENT

  1. <opponents of casino gambling claim that it is a detriment to society at large>
  2. <the requirement that runners wear shoes for the race worked to his detriment since he was used to running barefoot>

Origin of DETRIMENT

Middle English, from Middle French or Latin; Middle French, from Latin detrimentum, from deterere to wear away, impair, from de- + terere to rub — more at throw
First Known Use: 15th century

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