detriment


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det·ri·ment

 (dĕt′rə-mənt)
n.
1. Damage, harm, or loss: took a long leave of absence without detriment to her career.
2. Something that causes damage, harm, or loss: Smoking is a detriment to good health. See Synonyms at disadvantage.

[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- in Indo-European roots.]

detriment

(ˈdɛtrɪmənt)
n
1. disadvantage or damage; harm; loss
2. a cause of disadvantage or damage
[C15: from Latin dētrīmentum, a rubbing off, hence damage, from dēterere to rub away, from de- + terere to rub]

det•ri•ment

(ˈdɛ trə mənt)

n.
1. loss, damage, disadvantage, or injury.
2. a cause of loss or damage.
[1400–50; late Middle English (< Middle French) < Latin dētrīmentum loss, damage =dētrī- (see detritus) + -mentum -ment]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.detriment - a damage or loss
expense - a detriment or sacrifice; "at the expense of"
damage, impairment, harm - the occurrence of a change for the worse

detriment

noun damage, loss, harm, injury, hurt, prejudice, disadvantage, impairment, disservice She supported her husband's career to the detriment of her own.

detriment

noun
1. The action or result of inflicting loss or pain:
2. An unfavorable condition, circumstance, or characteristic:
Translations
ضَرَر، أذى، إساءَه
neprospěchškodaúkor
skade
skaîi
žalingas
kaitējums

detriment

[ˈdetrɪmənt] Ndetrimento m, perjuicio m
to the detriment ofen detrimento or perjuicio de
without detriment tosin (causar) detrimento or perjuicio a

detriment

[ˈdɛtrɪmənt] n
to the detriment of → au détriment de, au préjudice de
without detriment to → sans porter atteinte à, sans porter préjudice à, sans conséquences fâcheuses pour

detriment

nSchaden m, → Nachteil m; to the detriment of somethingzum Schaden einer Sache (gen), → zum Schaden von etw; to somebody’s detrimentzu jds Nachteil; I don’t know anything to his detrimentich weiß nichts Nachteiliges über ihn; without detriment toohne Schaden für

detriment

[ˈdɛtrɪmənt] ndetrimento, danno
to the detriment of → a or con detrimento di, a danno di
without detriment to → senza danno a

detriment

(ˈdetrimənt) noun
harm, damage or disadvantage. to the detriment of his health.
ˌdetriˈmental (-ˈmen-) adjective
causing harm or damage.
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This correspondence, by a meeting between some of the parties, and a separation between the others, could not, to the great detriment of the Post Office revenue, be continued any longer.
Such humble talents as God has given me I will endeavour to put to their greatest use; if I am able to amuse, I will try to benefit too; and when I feel it my duty to speak an unpalatable truth, with the help of God, I WILL speak it, though it be to the prejudice of my name and to the detriment of my reader's immediate pleasure as well as my own.
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Some ladies, with faces betraying complete forgetfulness of all the rules of decorum, pushed forward to the detriment of their toilets.
First, that on the above-mentioned Feast of the Assumption, small beer having been served to the novices in the proportion of one quart to each four, the said brother John did drain the pot at one draught to the detriment of brother Paul, brother Porphyry and brother Ambrose, who could scarce eat their none-meat of salted stock-fish on account of their exceeding dryness,"
The second will be espoused with caution by those who will seriously consider the difficulty of collecting men dispersed over the whole Union; the injury to the innocent, from the procrastinated determination of the charges which might be brought against them; the advantage to the guilty, from the opportunities which delay would afford to intrigue and corruption; and in some cases the detriment to the State, from the prolonged inaction of men whose firm and faithful execution of their duty might have exposed them to the persecution of an intemperate or designing majority in the House of Representatives.
It is worthy of mention that wherever there are several wives of free trappers in a camp, the keenest rivalry exists between them, to the sore detriment of their husbands' purses.
Which we have hotly argued in the Gardens to the detriment of our dignity.
Besides thus offering a bait to the ambition of the father, he managed, at the same time, to interest his zeal as a jailer, picturing to him in the blackest colours the learned prisoner whom Gryphus had in his keeping, and who, as the sham Jacob had it, was in league with Satan, to the detriment of his Highness the Prince of Orange.
He maintained that the poverty of Russia arises not merely from the anomalous distribution of landed property and misdirected reforms, but that what had contributed of late years to this result was the civilization from without abnormally grafted upon Russia, especially facilities of communication, as railways, leading to centralization in towns, the development of luxury, and the consequent development of manufactures, credit and its accompaniment of speculation--all to the detriment of agriculture.
I grant and accord it," said Don Quixote, "provided without detriment or prejudice to my king, my country, or her who holds the key of my heart and freedom, it may be complied with.
So very great is the improvement Time has brought about in such habits, that a moderate statement of the quantity of wine and punch which one man would swallow in the course of a night, without any detriment to his reputation as a perfect gentleman, would seem, in these days, a ridiculous exaggeration.