detraction

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Etymology[edit]

From Old French detraccion, from Latin detractio.

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Noun[edit]

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detraction (countable and uncountable, plural detractions)

  1. The act of detracting something, or something detracted.
  2. A derogatory or malicious statement; a disparagement, misrepresentation or slander.
    • Isaac Barrow
      If indeed we consider all the frivolous and petulant discourse, the impertinent chattings, the rash censures, the spiteful detractions which are so rife in the world []
  3. (Roman Catholic Church) The act of revealing previously unknown faults of another person to a third person.

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