detractory

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin dētractōrius, from dētractor.

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

detractory (comparative more detractory, superlative most detractory)

  1. (now rare) That detracts from something; disparaging, depreciatory.
    • 1646, Thomas Browne, Pseudodoxia Epidemica, I.5:
      For this is not only derogatory unto the wisdom of God, who hath proposed the World unto out knowledge, and thereby the notion of Himself; but also detractory unto the intellect, and sense of man expressedly disposed for that inquisition.