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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Detract  \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. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Detract  \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 
  {Trace}.] 
  1.  To  take  away  to  withdraw. 
 
  Detract  much  from  the  view  of  the  without  --Sir  H. 
  Wotton. 
 
  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}. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  detract 
  v  :  take  away  a  part  from  diminish;  "His  bad  manners  detract 
  from  his  good  character"  [syn:  {take  away}] 




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