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  • Until she talked to her husband, and understood that the precious person of his wife was a woman apart, a woman high on the plinth of Julian dignitas; she would never be permitted to do anything which might detract from his family.

    The First Man in Rome

  • However, it could not detract from his relaxed appreciation of certain of life's simple pleasures: viz, a Sunday morning lie-in augmented by a prolonged gloat over the sports desks 'palpable discomfort at having to report upon the defeats suffered the previous day by Celtic and Rangers.

    Boiling a Frog

  • As the Container Recycling Institute points out, widespread subsidies for virgin aluminum also detract from recycling: Because of long-term, cut-rate energy contracts, below-market water rates, the easy acquisition of government lands for mining, and a myriad of tax breaks and infrastructural assistance, aluminum companies have perhaps been less vulnerable to global economic forces than some other primary industries.


  • Hitler's appointment of a dozen Field-Marshals simultaneously was bound to detract from the prestige of a rank which had previously been considered the most distinguished in Germany.


  • Her throat was bare of any necklace to detract from the creamy smoothness of her skin, and her tawny hair glistened in soft curls that brushed the tops of her shoulders.

    Western Man

  • The fact that they savour of the influence of the German romantic school does not detract from their general merit, although they are not truly MacDowell-like.

    Edward MacDowell

  • Although Jacob knew that a dispensation of the grace of God was committed to him, in order that he might effectually bless his grandchildren; yet he arrogates nothing to himself, but suppliantly resorts to prayer, lest he should, in the least degree, detract from the glory of God.

    Commentary on Genesis - Volume 2

  • He admired the young doctor's skill and gentleness-he had recently experienced them himself-and noticed that his slight frown of concentration did not at all detract from the kindliness of his expression.

    Manuscript Draft: Walter Reed: Doctor in Uniform, by Laura Wood, [19 -- ]

  • As far as content is concerned, this certainly makes for a reversal of the hierarchy of social life-values; but this does not detract from the formal significance of competition for the synthesis of society.

    Conflict and The Web of Group-Affiliations


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