detriment

noun
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

Synonyms

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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Drake, instead, continues to do him to the exclusion, and at times detriment, of women worldwide. refinery29.com, "Album Review: Drake Is Upset On Scorpion. Women Should Be Upset About Scorpion.," 2 July 2018 Each group told the Federal Communications Commission that Sinclair would be too large, to the detriment of local voices, if allowed to absorb Tribune's 42 television stations. Todd Shields, chicagotribune.com, "Odd bedfellows call on FCC to reject Sinclair's deal for Tribune," 21 June 2018 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, SFChronicle.com, "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

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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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detriment

noun

English Language Learners Definition of detriment

formal
: something that will cause damage or injury to something or someone
: the act of causing damage or injury to something or someone

detriment

noun
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.

detriment

noun
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

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Other Words from detriment

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

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