Insult and criticize

detraction
(n)
dǝ-TRAC-shǝn
Meaning

insult; disparagement; saying something negative about someone

1st Sample Sentence

I meant no detraction when I said that your book is unlikely to become a bestseller: on the contrary, I meant that it is a work of such extraordinary erudition that it can only be appreciated by a very small number of extremely learned readers.

Root

trahere (to pull, draw) (Latin)

Synonyms

castigation, detraction, disapprobation

Antonyms

adulation, approbation

Mnemonics

consider it as an opposite of attraction. The one who doesn't attract, we slander that. De+tract+tion: How do you SubTRACT or reduce someone's reputaTION? by slandering.

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