detraction


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de·trac·tion

 (dĭ-trăk′shən)
n.
1. The act of detracting or taking away.
2. 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.

de·trac′tive adj.
de·trac′tive·ly adv.

detraction

(dɪˈtrækʃən)
n
1. a person, thing, circumstance, etc, that detracts
2. the act of discrediting or detracting from another's reputation, esp by slander; disparagement

de•trac•tion

(dɪˈtræk ʃən)

n.
1. the act of disparaging or belittling the reputation or worth of a person, work, etc.
2. something that detracts.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.detraction - a petty disparagement
derogation, disparagement, depreciation - a communication that belittles somebody or something
2.detraction - 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"
dispraise, disparagement - the act of speaking contemptuously of

detraction

noun
2. The expression of injurious, malicious statements about someone:
Law: libel.
Translations

detraction

[dɪˈtrækʃən] Ndetracción f

detraction

nBeeinträchtigung f (→ from gen), → Schmälerung f (→ from gen)
References in classic literature ?
And the philosopher holding converse with the divine order, becomes orderly and divine, as far as the nature of man allows; but like every one else, he will suffer from detraction.
Henri, regardless that envy stared and detraction whispered whenever I approached her.
I regretted it especially," he resumed, taking the usual course from detraction to insincere eulogy, "because of my gratitude and respect towards my cousin.
I offer you, now, no distinction among a bustling crowd; no mingling with a world of malice and detraction, where the blood is called into honest cheeks by aught but real disgrace and shame; but a home--a heart and home--yes, dearest Rose, and those, and those alone, are all I have to offer.
I have said enough in answer to the charge of Meletus: any elaborate defence is unnecessary, but I know only too well how many are the enmities which I have incurred, and this is what will be my destruction if I am destroyed;--not Meletus, nor yet Anytus, but the envy and detraction of the world, which has been the death of many good men, and will probably be the death of many more; there is no danger of my being the last of them.
Before the coming of the Scientific Age this group of gentle and noble emotions had been a fine factor in the equipment of every worthy human being, a fine factor that had its less amiable aspect in a usually harmless hostility to strange people, and a usually harmless detraction of strange lands.
Shakespeare is fine enough and great enough when all the possible detractions are made, and I have no fear of saying now that he would be finer and greater for the loss of half his work, though if I had heard any one say such a thing then I should have held him as little better than one of the wicked.
She could not greatly influence her daughter-in-law against me, because, between that lady and herself there was a mutual dislike--chiefly shown by her in secret detractions and calumniations; by the other, in an excess of frigid formality in her demeanour; and no fawning flattery of the elder could thaw away the wall of ice which the younger interposed between them.
That demand is a detraction from addressing real matters and those making it one of their demands should forget it.
Take any segment of society, and for every positive attribute that is identified with them, there is either a counterbalancing contradiction or detraction.
The detraction from Cruz and the other Republican Senators brings the whip count below the required 50 count majority needed in order to pass the legislation through the Senate.
Particularly harsh was the condemnation of slander, also called detraction, calumny, defamation, or backbiting.