de·​trac·​tion | \di-ˈtrak-shən, dē-\

Definition of detraction 

1 : a lessening of reputation or esteem especially by envious, malicious, or petty criticism : belittling, disparagement

2 : a taking away it is no detraction from its dignity or prestige— J. F. Golay

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Other Words from detraction

detractive \-​ˈtrak-​tiv \ adjective
detractively adverb

Examples of detraction in a Sentence

her inevitable detraction of every new idea is annoying to the other club members

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And it’s done now, without doubt or any possible detraction. Brian Straus,, "Toronto FC Stakes Case as Best MLS Team Ever In MLS Cup Rematch," 9 Dec. 2017 Perhaps the fuel economy—or lack thereof—is the biggest detraction from family duties. K.c. Colwell, Car and Driver, "2017 Ford F-450 Super Duty Diesel 4x4," 16 June 2017

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First Known Use of detraction

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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