Detraction meaning

dĭ-trăkshən
The act of detracting or taking away.
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A taking away; detracting.
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The act of detracting something, or something detracted.
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A malicious discrediting of someone's character, accomplishments, etc., as by revealing hidden faults or by slander.
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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.

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(Roman Catholic Church) The act of revealing previously unknown faults of another person to a third person.
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Origin of detraction

  • From Old French detraccion, from Latin detractio.

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