verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Origin of detract
Related formsde·tract·ing·ly, adverbde·trac·tor, nounun·de·tract·ing, adjectiveun·de·tract·ing·ly, adverb
Examples from the Web for detract
“Pillows are ‘light,’ ‘fluffy,’ and may detract from our message,” she wrote.
His conservatism, which is more of a cultural than political kidney, seems to fascinate, delight or detract critics.Whit Stillman on the 20th Anniversary of ‘Barcelona’, His New Amazon Series, and the Myth of the Ugly Expat|Michael Weiss|August 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Abortion-rights advocates by no means seek to detract from LGBT movement or begrudge it victories.Why Does Spain Love Gay Marriage But Hate Abortion?|Emily Shire|March 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But the religious iconography did not detract from the excitement brewing in the room.Thom Browne’s Women’s Line Evolves in the Wake of Michelle Obama’s Inaugural Ensemble|Misty White Sidell|February 12, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Clarence Thomas had 48 votes against him, a fact that does not, alas, detract a whit from his votes and opinions.
It would ill become any admirer of Pascal to detract from the glory of Descartes.Pascal|John Tulloch
Yet they were acquainted; and Rose sometimes wondered that he did not detract or sneer.White Lies|Charles Reade
We do not wish to detract from this praise in saying that they were popular because the subject is popular.
This conviction did not detract from my estimate of the importance of the spiritual, or of the individual.The Making of a Country Parish|Harlow S. (Harlow Spencer) Mills
It does not detract from his worth that he was well aware of the fact.Humanly Speaking|Samuel McChord Crothers