- 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 detractors
Either Uber will continue to dodge its detractors, or customers will eventually find its public reputation unpalatable.Things Are Going Downhill Fast for Uber
December 11, 2014
His detractors tried to undermine his standing with Reagan, but he had support from an unlikely source—hard-line conservatives.How the Reagan White House Bungled Its Response to Iran-Contra Revelations
November 3, 2014
Among her detractors was Dr. Bob Arnot, who covered medical issues for NBC before Snyderman joined the network from ABC News.NBC’s Soup-Loving Dr. Nancy Keeps Her Job
October 23, 2014
To his detractors, he was a half-mad paranoiac who nearly destroyed the CIA in his obsessive search for a Soviet mole.The Bizarre Tale of Ben Bradlee, JFK, and the Master Spy
October 22, 2014
This is where Schaeffer gets beyond the theological categories of evangelical Christians and their detractors.Frank Schaeffer, the Atheist Who Believes in God
August 3, 2014
But even she had her detractors and none more bitter than the man who wronged her.The Strollers
Frederic S. Isham
But he had his enemies and detractors as well as his friends.Hymns and Hymnwriters of Denmark
Jens Christian Aaberg
Indeed, it increased rather than lessened the asperity of her detractors.Mary Wollstonecraft
Elizabeth Robins Pennell
You are teaching your children to revere their memories, while all of their detractors are in oblivion.The Debs Decision
It is not to be supposed that so successful a man had no detractors.A Girl of the Commune
George Alfred Henty
- (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 detractors
early 15c., from Middle French détracter, from Latin detractus, past participle of detrahere "to take down, pull down, disparage" (see detraction). Related: Detracted; detracting.