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detriment

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noun det·ri·ment \ˈde-trə-mənt\

Simple Definition of detriment

  • : 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. 1 :  injury, damage <did hard work without detriment to his health>

  2. 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



DETRIMENT Defined for Kids

detriment

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noun det·ri·ment \ˈde-trə-mənt\

Definition of detriment

  1. :  injury or damage or its cause :  harm <Missing school is to your detriment.> <Smoking is a detriment to health.>





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