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detract from

verb
1. lessen, reduce, diminish, lower, take away from, derogate, devaluate Her faults did not seem to detract from her appeal.
lessen improve, boost, add to, strengthen, enhance, reinforce, complement, augment
2. divert, shift, distract, deflect, draw or lead away from They can only detract attention from the serious issues.
Usage: Detract is sometimes wrongly used where distract is meant: a noise distracted (not detracted) my attention.

detract

verb
To think, represent, or speak of as small or unimportant:
phrasal verb
detract from
To spoil the soundness or perfection of:
References in classic literature ?
But, not to detract from a nation, to which, during my life, I shall acknowledge myself extremely obliged, it must be allowed, that whatever this famous tower wants in height, is amply made up in beauty and strength: for the walls are near a hundred feet thick, built of hewn stone, whereof each is about forty feet square, and adorned on all sides with statues of gods and emperors, cut in marble, larger than the life, placed in their several niches.
Your picture is so fine that my observation cannot detract from it, and, besides, it is only my personal opinion.
Morison was one that was not at all calculated to detract from the glory of the house of Baynes, or from that of its representative.
Nor will it detract from the interest they will all feel when they learn that the man whom madame entertained is a Russian servant--her brother's valet, to be quite exact.
And that would detract from the especial alarming significance we wish to give to the act.
Peggotty knowing nothing about her, and my mother saying nothing about her, she was quite a mystery in the parlour; and the fact of her having a magazine of jewellers' cotton in her pocket, and sticking the article in her ears in that way, did not detract from the solemnity of her presence.
You must admit, Hirst, that a little Italian town even would vulgarise the whole scene, would detract from the vastness--the sense of elemental grandeur.
But the Raith Rovers boss insists neither extreme will detract from the achievement.
The specifically English connotations of the title detract from the fact that AONBs exist not only in England, but also in Wales and Northern Ireland.
These illuminate the development of the novel and do not in any way detract from the flow.
The overall effect of the images was to detract from the intended message of caring for the caters.
You can't fail with plain green leaves as a neutral background that won't detract from the flower.