They could detract little from so solid an argument.
Frowning detracts from her beauty.
An example of detract is to remove Christmas decorations before a Christmas party, thereby taking away from the setting.
Testimony that only detracts from the strength of the plaintiff's case.
Origin of detract
- Middle English detracten from Latin dētrahere dētract- to remove dē- de- trahere to pull
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle French détracter, from Latin detractum, past participle of detraho.