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dɪˈtræk ʃənde·trac·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. detraction, petty criticismnoun

    a petty disparagement

  2. detractionnoun

    the act of discrediting or detracting from someone's reputation (especially by slander)

    "let it be no detraction from his merits to say he is plainspoken"


  1. detractionnoun

    the act of detracting something, or something detracted

  2. detractionnoun

    a derogatory or malicious statement; a disparagement, misrepresentation or slander

  3. detractionnoun

    (Roman Catholic Church) the act of revealing previously unknown faults of another person to a third person.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Detractionnoun

    a taking away or withdrawing

  2. Detractionnoun

    the act of taking away from the reputation or good name of another; a lessening or cheapening in the estimation of others; the act of depreciating another, from envy or malice; calumny


  1. Detraction

    In Roman Catholic theology, detraction is the sin of revealing another person's faults to a third person without a valid reason. This differs from the sin of calumny and the civil wrong of defamation, which generally involve false accusations rather than unflattering truths. As in the case of stealing, detraction is a sin which demands restitution, even though rebuilding a victim's reputation may be nearly impossible. A commonly-cited parable in this regard concerns a priest, often said to be Philip Neri, who gave a women who had confessed to spreading gossip the penance of retrieving feathers that had been scattered on the wind—a task as impossible as undoing the damage she had done.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of detraction in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of detraction in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of detraction in a Sentence

  1. Pimco Group:

    The Fund's interest rate strategies in the U.S., U.K., and euro zone benefited, the recovery in breakeven inflation rates helped the Fund's TIPS holdings offset detraction from an underweight to corporate credit.

  2. The Talmud:

    Mention not a blemish which is thy own in detraction of a neighbour.

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    (slang) a merchant who deals in shoddy or inferior merchandise
    • A. calcaneus
    • B. defilement
    • C. schlockmeister
    • D. rung

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