- 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
Examples from the Web for detracting
What is clear is that this trend is detracting from our system of government.Is the White House Too Politicized? A New Book Analyzes the Data
June 19, 2012
Is putting on a little dog-and-pony show every now and then detracting from the feminist cause?Why I Fake Orgasms
October 5, 2010
Latisan rose, too, as if prepared to resent any detracting speech.Joan of Arc of the North Woods
Instead of detracting from the beauty of his face it added a peculiar fascination.The Lure of the Mask
Send to table without adding or detracting from their flavour.The Art of Entertaining
M. E. W. Sherwood
This is not detracting from the French success, which was complete and masterful.My Second Year of the War
There is as a vice in praising, and as frequent, as in detracting.Discoveries Made Upon Men and Matter
- (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 detracting
early 15c., from Middle French détracter, from Latin detractus, past participle of detrahere "to take down, pull down, disparage" (see detraction). Related: Detracted; detracting.