- to take away a part, as from quality, value, or reputation (usually followed by from).
- to draw away or divert; distract: to detract another's attention from more important issues.
- Archaic. to take away (a part); abate: The dilapidated barn detracts charm from the landscape.
Origin of detract
Related Wordsblister, knock, lower, derogate, undervalue, minimize, reduce, decry, disesteem, discount, discredit, cheapen, decrease, underrate, withdraw, belittle, diminish, backbite, devaluate, depreciate
Examples from the Web for detracted
Rangel's last gambits verged on the absurd and detracted from his remaining dignity.Rangel's Symbolic Shaming
December 3, 2010
Somehow they detracted from the harmony and peace of the building.Antony Gray,--Gardener
The only thing that detracted from her pleasure was to be obliged to concur in Cody's opinion.The Madigans
He might have passed for a soldier but for something that detracted, something that Ranny noticed.The Combined Maze
I assure you that it has not detracted in the tiniest iota from your appearance.Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
A. Conan Doyle
It detracted in no sense from his conviction of direct relations with the Creator.Life and Letters of Robert Browning
Mrs. Sutherland Orr
- (when intr, usually foll by from) to take away a part (of); diminishher anger detracts from her beauty
- (tr) to distract or divert
- (tr) obsolete to belittle or disparage
Word Origin and History for detracted
early 15c., from Middle French détracter, from Latin detractus, past participle of detrahere "to take down, pull down, disparage" (see detraction). Related: Detracted; detracting.