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Meaning of DETRACT

Pronunciation:  di'trakt

WordNet Dictionary
[v]  take away a part from; diminish; "His bad manners detract from his good character"

DETRACT is a 7 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: take away
 See Also: bring down, cut, cut back, cut down, reduce, trim, trim back, trim down



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \De*tract"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Detracted}; p. pr. &
    vb. n. {Detracting}.] [L. detractus, p. p. of detrahere to
    detract; de + trahere to draw: cf. F. d['e]tracter. See
    1. To take away; to withdraw.
             Detract much from the view of the without. --Sir H.
    2. To take credit or reputation from; to defame.
             That calumnious critic . . . Detracting what
             laboriously we do.                    --Drayton.
    Syn: To derogate; decry; disparage; depreciate; asperse;
         vilify; defame; traduce. See {Decry}.
  2. \De*tract"\, v. i.
    To take away a part or something, especially from one's
    credit; to lessen reputation; to derogate; to defame; --
    often with from.
          It has been the fashion to detract both from the moral
          and literary character of Cicero.        --V. Knox.
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