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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [dih-trakt]
    • /dɪˈtrækt/
    • /dɪˈtræk.tər/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [dih-trakt]
    • /dɪˈtrækt/

Definitions of detractor word

  • countable noun detractor The detractors of a person or thing are people who criticize that person or thing. 3
  • verb without object detractor to take away a part, as from quality, value, or reputation (usually followed by from). 1
  • verb with object detractor to draw away or divert; distract: to detract another's attention from more important issues. 1
  • verb with object detractor Archaic. to take away (a part); abate: The dilapidated barn detracts charm from the landscape. 1
  • noun detractor A person who disparages someone or something. 1
  • noun detractor critic, opponent 1

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Origin of detractor

First appearance:

before 1400
One of the 24% oldest English words
1400-50; late Middle English (< Middle French detracter) < Latin dētractus drawn away (past participle of dētrahere), equivalent to dē- de- + tractus drawn; see tract1

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Parts of speech for Detractor


detractor popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 84% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

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Synonyms for detractor

noun detractor

  • critic — A critic is a person who writes about and expresses opinions about things such as books, films, music, or art.
  • censor — If someone in authority censors letters or the media, they officially examine them and cut out any information that is regarded as secret.
  • depreciate — If something such as a currency depreciates or if something depreciates it, it loses some of its original value.
  • defame — If someone defames another person or thing, they say bad and untrue things about them.
  • disparager — to speak of or treat slightingly; depreciate; belittle: Do not disparage good manners.

Antonyms for detractor

noun detractor

  • supporter — a person or thing that supports.

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