noun Date: 14th century 1. a lessening of reputation or esteem especially by envious, malicious, or petty criticism ; belittling, disparagement 2. a taking away <
it is no detraction from its dignity or prestige — J. F. Golay
detractive adjectivedetractively adverb

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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