- the act of disparaging or belittling the reputation or worth of a person, work, etc.
Origin of detraction
Examples from the Web for detraction
It is there one lives exempt from the assaults of censure, detraction, and calumny.The History of Louisiana
Le Page Du Pratz
The straitest ties of blood could not secure any one from his detraction.The Memoirs of Count Grammont, Complete
It was no detraction from its merit that it might be all acting, for it was still "high art."Davenport Dunn, Volume 2 (of 2)
Charles James Lever
If I differ from high authority, I have not a thought of detraction.New and Original Theories of the Great Physical Forces
Henry Raymond Rogers
Yet there should be no detraction from the fact that the heredity is strong.
- a person, thing, circumstance, etc, that detracts
- the act of discrediting or detracting from another's reputation, esp by slander; disparagement
Word Origin and History for detraction
mid-14c., from Old French detraccion "detraction, disparagement, denigration," from Latin detractionem (nominative detractio) "a drawing off," from past participle stem of detrahere "take down, pull down, disparage," from de- "down" (see de-) + trahere "to pull" (see tract (n.1)). The fem. form detractress is attested from 1716.