de·​trac·​tion | \ di-ˈtrak-shən How to pronounce detraction (audio) , 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

Other Words from detraction

detractive \ di-​ˈtrak-​tiv How to pronounce detraction (audio) , dē-​ \ adjective
detractively adverb

Examples of detraction in a Sentence

her inevitable detraction of every new idea is annoying to the other club members
Recent Examples on the Web Some saw his limited experience – with only one full season as a college starter – as a detraction. Mike Jones, USA TODAY, 16 Nov. 2021 In that respect, the inclusion of Wood’s account of creating this theater feels like a detraction, a decision to excise some of the liveness Scovel wanted to capture, and replace it with something else. Kathryn Vanarendonk, Vulture, 25 June 2021 While in Chicago, some observers echoed the criticisms of Palm Springs’ residents over its kitsch and its detraction from other famous architecture, and questioned the statue’s connection to the city. Talal Ansari, WSJ, 23 May 2021 Some might even view niceness as a detraction in politics. Joseph Epstein, WSJ, 26 Feb. 2021 The only detraction will be a pesky breeze from the west. Washington Post, 21 Feb. 2021 But this was neither the dominant impression nor a significant detraction from a presentation rife with interest. Zachary Lewis, cleveland, 10 Jan. 2020 The main — but not major — detraction is just a bit more cloud cover than Saturday. A. Camden Walker, Washington Post, 23 Aug. 2019 Audiences criticized the character’s looks (link in Chinese) and the film’s detraction from folklore. Echo Huang, Quartzy, 10 July 2019

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First Known Use of detraction

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Detraction.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jan. 2022.

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