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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Pollsters could be wrongly modeling turnout, to the benefit of one party and detriment of the other. Andrew Prokop, Vox, "Polls can be wrong," 19 Oct. 2018 There are a few things that feel culled from other movies and shoehorned in here to the film’s detriment. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "This Week in Timothée Chalamet, July 27 Edition," 27 July 2018 Green is the veteran presence of the guards, but his size remains a detriment on defense. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, "Three questions facing John Calipari in summer UK basketball practices," 4 July 2018 As often as Neymar dominates the ball, to the detriment of flow, Brazil’s best player to date has been Barcelona midfielder Philippe Coutinho, whose bolt-of-lightning goal against Switzerland ranks with the best of the tournament. Bruce Jenkins,, "Mexico hopes to end streak against Brazil," 29 June 2018 The proliferation of ketamine clinics alarms Bennett too, but her worry is that the experiential aspect of the drug is being ignored, to patients' detriment. Moises Velasquez-manoff, WIRED, "Ketamine Stirs Up Hope—and Controversy—as a Depression Drug," 8 May 2018 But is ignorance of world events the only way to avoid health detriments like the Trump Bump? Marisa Meltzer, Town & Country, "In the Age of Trump, We’re All Eating Our Feelings," 23 Apr. 2018 Osetkowski was glued to the 3-point line early, much to the Longhorns' detriment. Nick Moyle, Houston Chronicle, "Texas holds off Iowa State in Big 12 tourney," 8 Mar. 2018 Rich-world central banks feared that even a hint of tighter monetary policy might cause their currencies to surge against their peers, to their economy’s detriment. The Economist, "Playing ketchup to the dollarValue matters again in currency markets," 18 Jan. 2018

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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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to corrupt or become corrupted

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