det·​ri·​ment | \ ˈde-trə-mənt How to pronounce detriment (audio) \

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

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Synonyms for detriment


affliction, damage, harm, hurt, injury

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Examples of detriment in a Sentence

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

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Her stances don't make her different from her teammates and a detriment to this great soccer program. Jerry Brewer,, "Megan Rapinoe isn’t here to make you comfortable," 26 June 2019 Both of those detriments are issues that can be addressed in time., "Who could the Spurs take in the NBA Draft?," 15 June 2019 The message is clear: not only is college now an unnecessary step in player development for the USMNT, it is considered a detriment by U.S. Soccer. Joseph Goodman |,, "Alabama-born players represent future of U.S. Soccer," 3 June 2019 The notion of the derby as a detriment began with former Phillies outfielder Bobby Abreu. Scott Lauber,, "Phillies' Rhys Hoskins unconcerned about Home Run Derby impacting his swing," 12 July 2018 Hawley has also cited a lack of subpoena power in Sunshine Law cases as a major detriment to his ability to look into the matter. Jason Hancock, kansascity, "Lawyer says screenshot proves Greitens’ staff used Confide for public business," 19 June 2018 Its detriments range from inefficient land use, to environmental damage from reliance on automobiles, to dull and repetitious housing stock. Anthony Alofsin, The Atlantic, "A Defense of the Suburbs," 6 June 2018 That closeness proved a detriment when Justrich accused Henneberry of abusing her and their children. Alexander Nazaryan, Newsweek, "Lie and Deny: Secrecy and Suspicion Surround the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department," 21 Apr. 2016 To make matters worse, occupation authorities advance the Israeli sector to the detriment of Palestinian companies that are succeeding. Bernard Avishai, The New Yorker, "Why Jared Kushner’s Bahrain Conference Won’t Do Much for the Palestinian Economy," 19 June 2019

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First Known Use of detriment

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for 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 entry 1

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English Language Learners 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


det·​ri·​ment | \ ˈde-trə-mənt How to pronounce detriment (audio) \

Kids Definition of detriment

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


det·​ri·​ment | \ ˈde-trə-mənt How to pronounce detriment (audio) \

Legal Definition of detriment

1 : injury, loss also : the cause of an injury or loss
2 : a giving up of a thing or mode of conduct to which one is entitled that constitutes consideration for a contract

called also legal detriment

Other Words from detriment

detrimental \ ˌde-​trə-​ˈmen-​təl How to pronounce detrimental (audio) \ adjective
detrimentally adverb

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