[ dih-trak-shuh n ]
/ dɪˈtræk ʃən /


the act of disparaging or belittling the reputation or worth of a person, work, etc.

Nearby words

  1. detoxification,
  2. detoxification centre,
  3. detoxify,
  4. detr,
  5. detract,
  6. detractive,
  7. detractively,
  8. detractor,
  9. detractory,
  10. detrain

Origin of detraction

1300–50; Middle English (< Anglo-French) < Late Latin dētractiōn- (stem of dētractiō), equivalent to Latin dētract(us) (see detract) + -iōn- -ion Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for detraction


/ (dɪˈtrækʃən) /


a person, thing, circumstance, etc, that detracts
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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