Detriment Definition

dĕtrə-mənt
noun
Damage; injury; harm.
Webster's New World
Anything that causes damage or injury.
Webster's New World

Other Word Forms of Detriment

Noun

Singular:
detriment
Plural:
detriments

Origin of Detriment

  • Middle English from Old French from Latin dētrīmentum from dētrītus past participle of dēterere to lessen, wear down dē- de- terere to rub terə-1 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French detriement, from Latin detrimentum (“loss, damage, literally a rubbing off”), from deterere (“to rub off, wear”), from de- (“down, away”) + terere (“to rub”).

    From Wiktionary

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