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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


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Verbal attack. A malicious discrediting of someone's character, accomplishments, etc.

Usage examples (34)
  • Whoever, by the irresistible force of genius, rises above the common herd is certain to be ostracized by society, which will pursue him with such merciless derision and...
  • Let it be no detraction from his merits to say he is plainspoken
  • The amazing part of the detraction is that a lot of these are the same arguments why weblogs were unnecessary and irrelevant.
  • It would surprise a great many to learn who this person was, but as no detraction is intended, I will dismiss the subject at once. for more
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