- a taking away; detracting
- a malicious discrediting of someone's character, accomplishments, etc., as by revealing hidden faults or by slander
Origin of detractionMiddle English detraccioun
- The act of detracting or taking away.
- 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.
(countable and uncountable, plural detractions)
From Old French detraccion, from Latin detractio.