Origin of detriment
Examples from the Web for detriment
There seems to be so much pressure to reinvent the wheel these days, to a detriment when it comes to TV programming.
But according to Rob Lowe, a man who possesses all of these qualities, being too pretty as an actor is actually a detriment.
We take our cultural icons very seriously, often to both their detriment and ours.Proustapalooza: Going Crazy for Marcel’s Novel at 100|Elisabeth Ladenson|October 3, 2013|DAILY BEAST
In geopolitics, this is where regions or states fracture into smaller, mutually-hostile units to the detriment of all.
I really like jackets, and tend to buy them to the detriment of my need of all the other items.
And now let us ask what is the work which Russia is doing beyond the Caucasus for the advantage or detriment of mankind?Travels in the Steppes of the Caspian Sea, the Crimea, the Caucasus, &c.|Xavier Hommaire de Hell
The valuable consideration is the detriment or responsibility of B in guarding the house for two hours.
He knew that he was about to pursue a course which would be to his own detriment, but he felt it impossible now to turn aside.How It All Came Round|L. T. Meade
An army gains a victory, and at once the rights of the conquering nation have increased to the detriment of the defeated.War and Peace|Leo Tolstoy
What in the world can be more ridiculous than commercial laws carried out to one's own detriment?Memoirs of Napoleon Bonaparte, Complete|Louis Antoine Fauvelet de Bourrienne
British Dictionary definitions for detriment
Word Origin for detriment
Word Origin and History for detriment
early 15c., from Middle French détriment or directly from Latin detrimentum "a rubbing off; a loss, damage, defeat," from past participle stem of detere "to wear away," figuratively "to weaken, impair," from de- "away" (see de-) + terere "to rub, wear" (see throw (v.)).