detriment

[de-truh-muh nt]
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Origin of detriment

1400–50; late Middle English (< Middle French) < Latin dētrīmentum loss, damage, equivalent to dētrī- (see detritus) + -mentum -ment

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1. See damage.
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detriment

noun
  1. disadvantage or damage; harm; loss
  2. a cause of disadvantage or damage

Word Origin for detriment

C15: from Latin dētrīmentum, a rubbing off, hence damage, from dēterere to rub away, from de- + terere to rub
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Word Origin and History for detriment
n.

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.)).

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