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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. the act of detracting something, or something detracted
  • n. a derogatory or malicious statement; a disparagement, misrepresentation or slander
  • n. the act of revealing previously unknown faults of another person to a third person.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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.

from The 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the act of discrediting or detracting from someone's reputation (especially by slander)
  • n. a petty disparagement

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