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Criticism cannot reach, envy cannot detract from, emulation cannot equal them.

One would not detract an iota from the achievements of these gallant adventurers.

You think the interest of the love-business will detract from the interest of the homicide's fate?

In no way did they detract from the dignified grace of the magnificent hall.

But this problem could not detract from what had been accomplished on the bases.

That it sometimes struck her as maniacal did not detract from its interest.

Yet they were acquainted; and Rose sometimes wondered that he did not detract or sneer.

But the admission does not detract from the genuine merits of the poem.

The simplicity of the style does not in the least detract from the fullness of the charm.

A bell would be heard by the audience and detract from the performance.

WORD ORIGIN

early 15c., from Middle French détracter, from Latin detractus, past participle of detrahere "to take down, pull down, disparage" (see detraction). Related: Detracted; detracting.

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