The advance of years rather increased than detracted from these personal advantages.
Many of his speeches were monuments of erudition, but the wealth of detail, of allusion, and of quotation, often from the Greek and Latin, sometimes detracted from their effect.
It was light and fruity, and in no way detracted from the spicy delights which were to follow.
Negative behavior such as the perception of dishonesty and the desire to dominate other people detracted from social reputation.
These were called "high empire-waist style" and came about as a reaction to the female fashion in Europe, which detracted attention from the natural waist and brought the eye higher along the torso.