detriment

[ de-truh-muh nt ]
/ ˈdɛ trə mənt /

noun

loss, damage, disadvantage, or injury.
a cause of loss or damage.

Origin of detriment

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

Synonym study

1. See damage.
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detriment

/ (ˈdɛtrɪmənt) /

noun

disadvantage or damage; harm; loss
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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