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[dih-trak-shuh n]
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  1. the act of disparaging or belittling the reputation or worth of a person, work, etc.
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Origin of detraction

1300–50; Middle English (< Anglo-French) < Late Latin dētractiōn- (stem of dētractiō), equivalent to Latin dētract(us) (see detract) + -iōn- -ion
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Historical Examples

  • It is there one lives exempt from the assaults of censure, detraction, and calumny.

    The History of Louisiana

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  • The straitest ties of blood could not secure any one from his detraction.

  • It was no detraction from its merit that it might be all acting, for it was still "high art."

  • If I differ from high authority, I have not a thought of detraction.

  • Yet there should be no detraction from the fact that the heredity is strong.

British Dictionary definitions for detraction


  1. a person, thing, circumstance, etc, that detracts
  2. the act of discrediting or detracting from another's reputation, esp by slander; disparagement
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Word Origin and History for detraction


mid-14c., from Old French detraccion "detraction, disparagement, denigration," from Latin detractionem (nominative detractio) "a drawing off," from past participle stem of detrahere "take down, pull down, disparage," from de- "down" (see de-) + trahere "to pull" (see tract (n.1)). The fem. form detractress is attested from 1716.

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