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detract

[dih-trakt] /dɪˈtrækt/
verb (used without object)
1.
to take away a part, as from quality, value, or reputation (usually followed by from).
verb (used with object)
2.
to draw away or divert; distract:
to detract another's attention from more important issues.
3.
Archaic. to take away (a part); abate:
The dilapidated barn detracts charm from the landscape.
Origin of detract
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English (< Middle French detracter) < Latin dētractus drawn away (past participle of dētrahere), equivalent to dē- de- + tractus drawn; see tract1
Related forms
detractingly, adverb
detractor, noun
undetracting, adjective
undetractingly, adverb
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  • But even she had her detractors and none more bitter than the man who wronged her.

    The Strollers Frederic S. Isham
  • But he had his enemies and detractors as well as his friends.

    Hymns and Hymnwriters of Denmark Jens Christian Aaberg
  • Indeed, it increased rather than lessened the asperity of her detractors.

    Mary Wollstonecraft Elizabeth Robins Pennell
  • You are teaching your children to revere their memories, while all of their detractors are in oblivion.

    The Debs Decision Scott Nearing
  • It is not to be supposed that so successful a man had no detractors.

    A Girl of the Commune George Alfred Henty
British Dictionary definitions for detractors

detract

/dɪˈtrækt/
verb
1.
when intr, usually foll by from. to take away a part (of); diminish: her anger detracts from her beauty
2.
(transitive) to distract or divert
3.
(transitive) (obsolete) to belittle or disparage
Derived Forms
detractingly, adverb
detractive, detractory, adjective
detractively, adverb
detractor, noun
Usage note
Detract is sometimes wrongly used where distract is meant: a noise distracted (not detracted) my attention
Word Origin
C15: from Latin dētractus drawn away, from dētrahere to pull away, disparage, from de- + trahere to drag
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Word Origin and History for detractors

detract

v.

early 15c., from Middle French détracter, from Latin detractus, past participle of detrahere "to take down, pull down, disparage" (see detraction). Related: Detracted; detracting.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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