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 for detract
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Detract \De*tract"\, v. i.
     To take away a part or something, especially from one's
     credit; to lessen reputation; to derogate; to defame; --
     often with from.
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           It has been the fashion to detract both from the moral
           and literary character of Cicero.        --V. Knox.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Detract \De*tract"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Detracted; p. pr. &
     vb. n. Detracting.] [L. detractus, p. p. of detrahere to
     detract; de + trahere to draw: cf. F. d['e]tracter. See
     1. To take away; to withdraw.
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              Detract much from the view of the without. --Sir H.
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     2. To take credit or reputation from; to defame.
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              That calumnious critic . . .
              Detracting what laboriously we do.    --Drayton.
     Syn: To derogate; decry; disparage; depreciate; asperse;
          vilify; defame; traduce. See Decry.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      v 1: take away a part from; diminish; "His bad manners detract
           from his good character" [syn: take away, detract]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  43 Moby Thesaurus words for "detract":
     abate, abrade, abstract, bate, beguile, call away, curtail,
     decrease, deduct, depreciate, derogate, detract attention,
     detract from, diminish, disparage, distract, divert,
     divert the mind, drain, eat away, erode, extract, file away,
     impair, leach, lessen, purify, reduce, refine, remove, retrench,
     rub away, shorten, subduct, subtract, take away, take away from,
     take from, thin, thin out, wear away, weed, withdraw

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