detract

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From Middle French détracter, from Latin detractum, past participle of detraho.

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detract (third-person singular simple present detracts, present participle detracting, simple past and past participle detracted)

  1. (intransitive) To take away; to withdraw or remove.
  2. (transitive) To take credit or reputation from; to defame or decry.
    • Drayton
      That calumnious critic [] / Detracting what laboriously we do.

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