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

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Other Words from detraction

detractive \ di-​ˈtrak-​tiv How to pronounce detractive (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

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But both of those are small detractions, and there’s still a lot to like about the T20 Wireless. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "RHA releases wireless edition of the excellent T20 earphones," 20 June 2019 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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