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detraction (n.)

mid-14c., detraccioun, "the vice of slandering;" late 14c., "act of disparaging or belittling, act of depreciating the powers or performance of another;" from Old French detraccion "detraction, disparagement, denigration" (12c.) and directly from Latin detractionem (nominative detractio) "a drawing off," from past-participle stem of detrahere "take down, pull down, disparage," from de "down" (see de-) + trahere "to pull" (see tract (n.1)).

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Definitions of detraction from WordNet

detraction (n.)
a petty disparagement;
Synonyms: petty criticism
detraction (n.)
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
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