detract from (someone or something)

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detract from (someone or something)

To impact someone or something negatively; to diminish someone or something. Unfortunately, that outdated kitchen detracts from the overall value of your house. His lies detracted from his otherwise stellar record as a senator.
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detract from someone or something

to lessen or diminish someone or something. The large pieces of furniture detracted from the lovely design in the carpet. Alice's quiet demeanor did not detract from her grace and beauty.
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detract from

v.
To reduce a quality, importance, or some other value; diminish something: The dent on the side of the car detracts from its overall value. The politician's uneven voting record detracted from his chances of winning the election.
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References in classic literature ?
He is so; but then he is wholly uneducated: he is as silent as a Turk, and a kind of ignorant carelessness attends him, which, while it renders his conduct the more astonishing, detracts from the interest and sympathy which otherwise he would command.
Only in the colour of their skin did they differ materially from us; that is of the appearance of polished ebony, and odd as it may seem for a Southerner to say it, adds to rather than detracts from their marvellous beauty.
If, then, the penetrative power of telescopes has not been further increased, it is because that power detracts from their light; and the moon, which is but a reflecting mirror, does not give back sufficient light to enable us to perceive objects of lesser magnitude.
There is a subplot involving Emily's best friend, Jane, and a girl who bullies Jane about her weight, but this neither adds to nor detracts from the story.
Answering our critics on their terms detracts from our ability to advocate for justice on our own terms.
False or inaccurate information not only detracts from a message, it also puts your credibility at risk.
Part I of the book, which contains almost a half of the chapters, is particularly general and while it raises important issues, students may find that it detracts from a detailed explanation of what policy analysis and practice actually entails.
If Buckler employs the distracting vocabulary of contemporary literary theory, which often obscures her meaning and detracts from the book's overall excellence, she nonetheless conveys the sense of complexity and mystery that defines, and always has defined, Saint Petersburg.
Anything that conveys that message detracts from the integrity and moral authority of the school and its ability to educate students.
The judge said that allowing the Bible of other holy books to be distributed at citizenship ceremonies detracts from the message of multiculturalism and could be construed as a tacit endorsement of certain religions (National Post, July 7/LifeSite, July 13/CBC, August 17, 2004).
To the contrary, he says, "it is clear that rail transit detracts from urban livability by far more than it adds.
Unfortunately, the center study's goofball recommendation detracts from its other very serious discussion of the political nonparticipation of 19 percent of the state's adult population.
Song excerpts, from Bessie Smith to Marvin Gaye, enhance the blues texture, but their infusion into stanzas detracts from the originality of voice.
I don't think it detracts from anything - everyone knows it is going to be 54 holes and you've got to play well.
But when schools keep back huge sums it detracts from the argument that schools need more funding.