detraction[dē trak′s̸hən, di-]
- a taking away; detracting
- a malicious discrediting of someone's character, accomplishments, etc., as by revealing hidden faults or by slander
Origin: ME detraccioun
- detractive adjective
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- 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.
- de·tracˈtive adjective
- de·tracˈtive·ly adverb