verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
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Origin of detract
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
Word Origin for detract
late 14c., from Anglo-French detractour, Old French detractor "detractor, backbiter," from Latin detractor, agent noun from detrahere (see detraction).
early 15c., from Middle French détracter, from Latin detractus, past participle of detrahere "to take down, pull down, disparage" (see detraction). Related: Detracted; detracting.