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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 De·tract v. t. [imp. & p. p. Detracted; p. pr. & vb. n. Detracting.]
 1. To take away; to withdraw.
    Detract much from the view of the without.   --Sir H. Wotton.
 2. To take credit or reputation from; to defame.
 That calumnious critic . . .
 Detracting what laboriously we do.   --Drayton.
 Syn: -- To derogate; decry; disparage; depreciate; asperse; vilify; defame; traduce. See Decry.