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I think she’s made a good case. I can neither add to it nor detract from it.
  to diminish (reduce the value of something)
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  • I think she’s made a good case. I can neither add to it nor detract from it.
  • Her bad manners detract from her good character
  • For all men praise the dead, and, however preeminent your virtue may be, I do not say even to approach them, and avoid living their rivals and detractors, but when a man is out of the way, the honor and goodwill which he receives is unalloyed.
    Thucydides  --  Pericles’s Funeral Oration
  • Downstairs had the same problem, and with the added detractor of being dark, and me without a flashlight.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

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  • I supposed because Nero hadn’t wanted his detractors trying to shoot arrows into his imperial noggin.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • There is something extra and a little heroic about him; not even the blue ears of his bunny suit can detract from that.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • He knew there were detractors in Saudi and elsewhere.
    Dave Eggers  --  A Hologram for the King
  • It was a firmly held belief among soccer’s detractors that the game was harder on turf than other sports.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • I assure you that it has not detracted in the tiniest iota from your appearance.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • And all of them just to detract attention away from me.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible

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  • The king was dull and appeared ill, which detracted a little from his usual lofty bearing.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • It was a big leap to take without my okay, but I’m just as glad I didn’t know, didn’t have time to second-guess him, to let any guilt over Gale detract from how I really feel about what Peeta did.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • Whatever the reason for wanting to escape, sane or insane, zoo detractors should realize that animals don’t escape to somewhere but from something.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • And half me—which, surprisingly, made her better rather than detracting.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • But nothing had been allowed to come too close and detract from the building’s austerity.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • And besides, I suspected that fighting a battle royal might detract from the dignity of my speech.
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • In those cases, the comfort quotient became a negative number, and doing what came habitually actually detracted from happiness.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • Nor will it at all detract from him, dramatically regarded, if either by birth or other circumstances, he have what seems a half wilful overruling morbidness at the bottom of his nature.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • Grant knew that Ian Malcolm had his share of detractors, and he could understand why some found his style too abrasive, and his applications of chaos theory too glib.
    Michael Crichton  --  Jurassic Park
  • They were warmly clad, but with so much maternal art that the thickness of the stuffs did not detract from the coquetry of arrangement.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • He is so; but then he is wholly uneducated: he is as silent as a Turk, and a kind of ignorant carelessness attends him, which, while it renders his conduct the more astonishing, detracts from the interest and sympathy which otherwise he would command.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • Naturally, Pork and Dilcey and Mammy gave vent to loud guffaws at hearing the detractor of their beloved Tara set at naught.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • His forward voice now is to speak well of his friend; his backward voice is to utter foul speeches, and to detract.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Tempest
  • Pittman did not lack for detractors, however.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • She was growing a little stout, but it did not seem to detract an iota from the grace of every step, pose, gesture.
    Kate Chopin  --  The Awakening
  • He had the knack of making the kindliness of his smile add to, not detract from his solemn appearance of dignity; his long, thin, hooked nose did detract from the kindliness, but it added to the dignity; his stomach, cantilevered over his legs, did detract from the dignity, but it added to the kindliness.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • He was a trifle above the middle size, and apparently rather weak in the legs; but this circumstance by no means detracted from his own admiration of his top-boots, which he contemplated, in their elevated situation, with lively satisfaction.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • The wide-plank pine flooring was scuffed and stained, and the cabinets had probably been around since the place was built, but these things seemed to add to the house’s character rather than detract from it.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Lucky One
  • But one thing detracted from my entire satisfaction and delight—large crystals lay scattered here and there, which, detached from the roof, had fallen to the ground; this, if apt to recur, would keep us in constant peril.
    Johann Wyss  --  The Swiss Family Robinson
  • All these gates were strong, and also handsome, which does not detract from strength.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • Combining a strongly negative event with a reorganisation was, in PR terms, such a clumsy error that it could not but astonish Blomkvist’s detractors and garner optimum attention for Henrik Vanger’s new role.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • Ay, an you had any eye behind you, you might see more detraction at your heels than fortunes before you.
    William Shakespeare  --  Twelfth Night
  • Your picture is so fine that my observation cannot detract from it, and, besides, it is only my personal opinion.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • Moreover, you will prove to your detractors that we cannot trust a Dragon Rider.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr
  • Nice of you to turn up, Potter, although you have evidently decided that the wearing of school robes would detract from your appearance.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  • Avdotya Romanovna was remarkably good looking; she was tall, strikingly well-proportioned, strong and self-reliant—the latter quality was apparent in every gesture, though it did not in the least detract from the grace and softness of her movements.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • Devilish Macbeth By many of these trains hath sought to win me Into his power; and modest wisdom plucks me From over-credulous haste: but God above Deal between thee and me! for even now I put myself to thy direction, and Unspeak mine own detraction; here abjure The taints and blames I laid upon myself, For strangers to my nature.
    William Shakespeare  --  Macbeth
  • Yet the occasional detractor surfaced, amidst the general flow of praise.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract.
    Abraham Lincoln  --  Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address
  • Hillary Rodham Clinton totally recognized that her thick ankles were detracting from her image as a serious politician, and so she started wearing pants.
    Meg Cabot  --  The Princess Diaries
  • I did never think to marry: I must not seem proud: happy are they that hear their detractions, and can put them to mending.
    William Shakespeare  --  Much Ado About Nothing
  • This is a facet which has remained largely unexplored by his detractors, who have painted him as a rather dull clique-centered athlete; the phrase "dumb jock" expresses this view of Tommy Ross perfectly.
    Stephen King  --  Carrie
  • With each modern war the term has changed, from shell shock to battle fatigue in World War II and Korea to post-traumatic stress disorder in Vietnam, and each time the illness had its believers and its detractors.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • He had his share of setbacks and failures as well as many detractors.
    Jim Stovall  --  The Ultimate Gift
  • ’Never say I detracted from her!’
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • And it need not detract from the other by one iota as, being his own master, he would have heaps of time to practise literature in his spare moments when desirous of so doing without its clashing with his vocal career or containing anything derogatory whatsoever as it was a matter for himself alone.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Once Chuito complained to the bosses and was written up for detracting from the familial spirit of the department.
    Junot Diaz  --  Drown
  • And the schoolbook pictures of primitive man sometimes omit some of the detractions of his primitive life…the pain, the disease, famine, the hard labor needed just to stay alive.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • He had performed many eminent services for the crown, had great natural and acquired parts, adorned with integrity and honour; but so ill an ear for music, that his detractors reported, "he had been often known to beat time in the wrong place;" neither could his tutors, without extreme difficulty, teach him to demonstrate the most easy proposition in the mathematics.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels
  • When the monster’s detractors cited a saying by the botanist Linnaeus that "nature doesn’t make leaps," witty writers in the popular periodicals parodied it, maintaining in essence that "nature doesn’t make lunatics," and ordering their contemporaries never to give the lie to nature by believing in krakens, sea serpents, "Moby Dicks," and other all–out efforts from drunken seamen.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
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