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Definition causing harm or damage
  • Publicity about the crime has been detrimental to tourism.
detrimental = harmful
  • The companies rigged prices to the detriment of their customers.
  • detriment = harm
  • Lack of sleep is detrimental to performance.
  • detrimental = damaging
  • That decision would be detrimental to the interests of my client.
  • detrimental = harmful
  • Most persons, owing to causes which I may not have space to hint at, suffer moral detriment from this peculiar mode of life.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • detriment = harm
  • I began to grow melancholy and restless; continually prying into my mind, to discover which of its poor properties were gone, and what degree of detriment had already accrued to the remainder.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • detriment = harm
  • Much and deservedly to my own discredit, therefore, and considerably to the detriment of my official conscience, they continued, during my incumbency, to creep about the wharves, and loiter up and down the Custom-House steps.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • detriment = harm
  • I only hope that my involvement will not in any way damage the chances of our African friends or cause detriment to a positive outcome for this case.
    Alexs Pate  --  Amistad
  • If I do not, I fear that I shall carry this with me to my detriment, for I experience such relief when applying my pen to your pages.
    Stephen King  --  Rose Red
  • "I'll stay, Carlisle, but it might be to your detriment.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • I worry that your father's blustering about Erudite has been to your detriment.
    Veronica Roth  --  Insurgent
  • Their talents lie in scheming and plotting for power-to everyone else's detriment.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • But that name turned out to be a detriment rather than an asset to me.
    Sharon M. Draper  --  Tears of a Tiger
  • It suggested that he must have made — or had been planning to make — more Horcruxes, so that the loss of his first would not be so detrimental.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  • Onlee—onlee—you see, Mister O'Hara, I am unfortunately Asiatic, which is serious detriment in some respects.
    Rudyard Kipling  --  Kim
  • Since the death of his wife, Thomas has been a detriment to us all.
    Ted Dekker  --  White: The Great Pursuit
  • What did I do, in detriment to Clifford, which it was possible to leave undone?
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • Take heed lest it prove as detrimental to you.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Birthmark
  • He had never thought of them in an unfavorable light before, but now he could see that they were detrimental.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • It's his only detriment.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief

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