- loss, damage, disadvantage, or injury.
- a cause of loss or damage.
Origin of detriment
1. See damage.
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Examples from the Web for detriment
There seems to be so much pressure to reinvent the wheel these days, to a detriment when it comes to TV programming.Can Maya Rudolph Save the Variety Show?
May 20, 2014
But according to Rob Lowe, a man who possesses all of these qualities, being too pretty as an actor is actually a detriment.Rob Lowe: Don’t Hate Me Because I’m Beautiful
April 8, 2014
We take our cultural icons very seriously, often to both their detriment and ours.Proustapalooza: Going Crazy for Marcel’s Novel at 100
October 3, 2013
In geopolitics, this is where regions or states fracture into smaller, mutually-hostile units to the detriment of all.Twitchy! Michelle Malkin's Phony War
April 10, 2013
I really like jackets, and tend to buy them to the detriment of my need of all the other items.Ali Smith: How I Write
January 23, 2013
This should be skimmed off as it forms, for it is a detriment to the jelly.Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 5
Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
I do not mean that his mind or mental powers are in any way affected to their detriment.The Old Game
Samuel G. Blythe
It may be perfectly true that you can employ it to our detriment.Davenport Dunn, Volume 2 (of 2)
Charles James Lever
The attorney cannot determine the relation himself, to his client's detriment.An Essay on Professional Ethics
Then others who depend on us will indulge theirs, to our detriment and misery.Daily Thoughts
- disadvantage or damage; harm; loss
- a cause of disadvantage or damage
C15: from Latin dētrīmentum, a rubbing off, hence damage, from dēterere to rub away, from de- + terere to rub
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Word Origin and History for detriment
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