American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The act of detracting or taking away.
- n. A derogatory or damaging comment on a person's character or reputation; disparagement: The candidate responded sharply to the long list of detractions concocted by his opponent.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A withdrawing; a taking away; removal.
- n. The act of disparaging or belittling the reputation or worth of a person, with the view to lessen or lower him in the estimation of others; the act of depreciating the powers or performances of another, from envy or malice.
- n. Synonyms Depreciation, disparagement, slander, calumny, defamation, derogation.
- n. the act of detracting something, or something detracted
- n. a derogatory or malicious statement; a disparagement, misrepresentation or slander
- n. Roman Catholic Church the act of revealing previously unknown faults of another person to a third person.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. obsolete A taking away or withdrawing.
- n. The act of taking away from the reputation or good name of another; a lessening or cheapening in the estimation of others; the act of depreciating another, from envy or malice; calumny.
- n. the act of discrediting or detracting from someone's reputation (especially by slander)
- n. a petty disparagement
“The amazing part of the detraction is that a lot of these are the same arguments why weblogs were unnecessary and irrelevant.”
“It would surprise a great many to learn who this person was, but as no detraction is intended, I will dismiss the subject at once.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“Having him as more of a central character in the film took away the edge, he became more on an ‘everyman’, a detraction from the character they’re trying to build … the director of S.H.I.E.L.D. Let me quickly address, Iron Man 2 is awesome and serves the franchise well, but I also left the theatre with the feeling that the entire thing was a big set-up of the forth-coming Avengers film.”
“If you have exposed some crime that he really committed, your sin is called detraction; if you accuse him of one he did not commit, your sin is calumny; and if you maliciously circulate these reports to injure his character, your sin is slander.”
“Now, contumely, as you will remark, does not seek primarily to deprive one of a good name; which it nearly always succeeds in doing, and this is called detraction; but its object is to prevent your good name from getting its desert of respect, your character supposedly remaining intact.”
“Hmm, Hillary's experience and popularity a "detraction" from Sen. Obama's election run?”
“I sound like a broken record, but this kind of detraction from our one goal in November is so typical of some so called "Democrats", it will be hard enough to deal with the Republicans and now this.”
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