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 Unfortunately, that outdated kitchen detracts from the overall value of your house.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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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

detract from

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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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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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."
"Given that the building currently detracts from the amenity of the area it is not considered necessary or reasonable to attach a condition requiring there to be a contract in place for the new development prior to demolition."
Some would say (though this is not my own personal view) the building which houses our Central Library, detracts from this area.
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).
In short, O'Toole writes in his understated conclusion, "rail transit is not the urban savior that its advocates claim." To the contrary, he says, "it is clear that rail transit detracts from urban livability by far more than it adds."
The banal conversation at the end detracts from this otherwise engaging work.
Song excerpts, from Bessie Smith to Marvin Gaye, enhance the blues texture, but their infusion into stanzas detracts from the originality of voice.