De*trac"tion (?), n. [F. d'etraction, L. detractio.]

1.

A taking away or withdrawing.

[Obs.]

The detraction of the eggs of the said wild fowl. Bacon.

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.

 

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