An example of detract is to remove Christmas decorations before a Christmas party, thereby taking away from the setting.
- to take or draw away
- Now Rare to belittle; disparage
Origin of detractMiddle English detracten from Classical Latin detractare, to decline, depreciate from detractus, past participle of detrahere, to draw away from de-, from + trahere, to draw
verbde·tract·ed, de·tract·ing, de·tracts
Origin of detractMiddle English detracten from Latin dētrahere dētract- to remove dē- de- trahere to pull
(third-person singular simple present detracts, present participle detracting, simple past and past participle detracted)
From Middle French détracter, from Latin detractum, past participle of detraho.