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

  • n. Damage, harm, or loss: took a long leave of absence without detriment to her career. See Synonyms at disadvantage.
  • n. Something that causes damage, harm, or loss: Smoking is now considered a detriment to good health.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Harm, hurt, damage.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. That which injures or causes damage; mischief; harm; diminution; loss; damage; -- used very generically
  • n. A charge made to students and barristers for incidental repairs of the rooms they occupy.
  • transitive v. To do injury to; to hurt.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Any kind of harm or injury, as loss, damage, hurt, injustice, deterioration, diminution, hindrance, etc., considered with specific reference, expressed or implied, both to its subject and to its cause: as, the cause of religion suffers great detriment from the faults of its professors; let the property suffer no detriment at your hands; the consuls must see that the republic receives no detriment; the detriment it has suffered is past remedy.
  • n. That which causes harm or injury; anything that is detrimental: as, his generosity is a great detriment to his prosperity.
  • n. In England, a charge made upon barristers and students for repair of damages in the rooms they occupy; a charge for wear and tear of table-linen, etc.
  • n. In astrol., the sign opposite the house of any planet: as, Mars in Libra is in his detriment; the detriment of the sun is Aquarius, because it is opposite to Leo. It is a sign of weakness, distress, etc.
  • n. In heraldry:
  • To injure; do harm to; hurt.

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

  • n. a damage or loss

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old French, from Latin dētrīmentum, from dētrītus, past participle of dēterere, to lessen, wear down : dē-, de- + terere, to rub; see terə-1 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French detriement, from Latin detrimentum ("loss, damage, literally a rubbing off"), from deterere ("to rub off, wear"), from de- ("down, away") + terere ("to rub"). (Wiktionary)

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