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Definition to diminish (reduce the value of something)
  • I think she's made a good case. I can neither add to it nor detract from it.
detract = to diminish (reduce the value of something)
  • Her bad manners detract from her good character
  • detract = to diminish (reduce the value of something)
  • I assure you that it has not detracted in the tiniest iota from your appearance.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • Once Chuito complained to the bosses and was written up for detracting from the familial spirit of the department.
    Junot Diaz  --  Drown
  • I supposed because Nero hadn't wanted his detractors trying to shoot arrows into his imperial noggin.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Hidden Oracle
  • But will it not live with the living? no. Why? detraction will not suffer it.
    William Shakespeare  --  Henry IV, Part 1
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • Yet the occasional detractor surfaced, amidst the general flow of praise.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • The detractors asserted that the movie was an example of Western propaganda that sought toerase the fact that Cleopatra was an African woman.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • He had his share of setbacks and failures as well as many detractors.
    Jim Stovall  --  The Ultimate Gift
  • The king was dull and appeared ill, which detracted a little from his usual lofty bearing.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • Of course, the floodlights and razor wire at the top of the wall detracted a bit from its charm, but if you squinted, they faded a little.
    James Patterson  --  Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports
  • He did his work, and leaned on Leora's assurance, and tried to ignore his detractors.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • Your picture is so fine that my observation cannot detract from it, and, besides, it is only my personal opinion.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • And half me—which, surprisingly, made her better rather than detracting.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • Moreover, you will prove to your detractors that we cannot trust a Dragon Rider.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr
  • It is neither wise nor honest to detract from beauty as a quality.
    Lew Wallace  --  Ben Hur
  • 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
  • And all of them just to detract attention away from me.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • 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

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