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 detractor
And to simply characterize Koch as a Democratic detractor, and a Republican right-winger, would be, well, simplistic.
Hayworth has Rush Limbaugh—not as an endorser of his candidacy, at least not yet, but as a longtime McCain detractor.
Strabo appears neither as detractor nor as partisan, but as one who earnestly desires the truth.A History of Science, Volume 1(of 5)|Henry Smith Williams
Shields demanded the name of his detractor; Lincoln assumed the responsibility; a challenge followed.Lincoln|Nathaniel Wright Stephenson
Nobody could call him a detractor or a backbiter or a talebearer or a liar.Bunyan Characters|Alexander Whyte
We may now briefly notice some of the causes which influence the detractor in his talk.Talkers|John Bate
Let your strict silence be a significant and salutary lesson for the detractor.Fraternal Charity|Rev. Father Valuy