Other Word Forms of Detriment
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”).
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