[ UK /dɪtɹˈækʃən/ ]
  1. the act of discrediting or detracting from someone's reputation (especially by slander)
    let it be no detraction from his merits to say he is plainspoken
  2. a petty disparagement
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How To Use detraction In A Sentence

  • Only there is this difference, that as all are more forcibly inclined to ill than good, they are much apter to exceed in detraction than in praises. Letters from Dorothy Osborne to Sir William Temple (1652-54)
  • These flubs, combined with the fact that the director chose to have the actors constantly walking up and down the aisles of the theatre, ultimately only served as a major detraction from the performance.
  • In after times the American people will cherish his memory as a precious legacy, nor will they suffer any detraction from the merit of his character or his services. A Discourse on the Death of Abraham Lincoln
  • The proposals include no detraction from the archaeology as this has been, and will be carefully researched, preserved, and protected.
  • Add to these detractions from her loveliness, viz: thinness and pallor, that her expression betokened earnest thought rather than gayety or sweetness, and the reader need not be surprised that people did not usually consider Hope a beauty, though we were captivated by her looks, even before we formed her acquaintance. Then and Now;--Or,--Hope's First School
  • Is then the confession of the grace wrought by Him to usward a detraction from His glory? NPNF2-08. Basil: Letters and Select Works
  • let it be no detraction from his merits to say he is plainspoken
  • We should avoid, however, acts of apparent contrition that are, in fact, acts of detraction against our forebears in the faith.
  • Let us banish from the social circle that spirit of detraction and backbiting, which is always the bane of society. The colored patriots of the American Revolution : with sketches of several distinguished colored persons : to which is added a brief survey of the condition and prospects of colored Americans,
  • The other detraction from the pleasures of the evening, consisted in the dark uninhabited remoteness of the large chamber, from which we witnessed the exhibition; a flight of dark stairs led up to it; a few pieces of ambiguous lumber were its only furniture, and even by daylight, I did not pass the foot of that flight without a response from my nerves. Autobiography and Other Memorials of Mrs. Gilbert, Formerly Ann Taylor
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