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  • the act of detracting something, or something detracted
  • a derogatory or malicious statement; a disparagement, misrepresentation or slander
  • (Roman Catholic Church) the act of revealing previously unknown faults of another person to a third person.
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia

De*trac"tion (?), n. [F. détraction, L. detractio.] 1. A taking away or withdrawing. [Obs.]

The detraction of the eggs of the said wild fowl.

2. 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.

Syn. -- Depreciation; disparagement; derogation; slander; calumny; aspersion; censure.

- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

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