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[de-truh-muh nt] /ˈdɛ trə mənt/
loss, damage, disadvantage, or injury.
a cause of loss or damage.
Origin of detriment
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English (< Middle French) < Latin dētrīmentum loss, damage, equivalent to dētrī- (see detritus) + -mentum -ment
1. See damage. Unabridged
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  • This sad state of affairs reflects in two ways to the detriment of medicine.

    Psychotherapy James J. Walsh
  • Then there was a trial about some timber which had been cut, to the detriment of the landowner.

  • It has hitherto been to the detriment of truth that these processes of positive investigation have been repudiated.

  • The nearer proximity of water we consider a detriment to the robustness of a community.

    Desert Dust Edwin L. Sabin
  • There was no inconsistent public utterance, no doubtful transaction, no scandalous paper to bring forward to his detriment.

    The Imperialist (a.k.a. Mrs. Everard Cotes) Sara Jeannette Duncan
British Dictionary definitions for detriment


disadvantage or damage; harm; loss
a cause of disadvantage or damage
Word Origin
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

early 15c., from Middle French détriment or directly from Latin detrimentum "a rubbing off; a loss, damage, defeat," from past participle stem of detere "to wear away," figuratively "to weaken, impair," from de- "away" (see de-) + terere "to rub, wear" (see throw (v.)).

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