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English noun: detraction

1. detraction (communication) a petty disparagement

Synonymspetty criticism

Broader (hypernym)depreciation, derogation, disparagement

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

SamplesLet it be no detraction from his merits to say he is plainspoken.

Broader (hypernym)disparagement, dispraise

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