detractor detractor  /di ˈtræk tər/


  • (n) one who disparages or belittles the worth of something



  1. He vehemently denied every accusation and filed a $75,000 libel action against his detractor.
  2. During a November, 2007 visit to protesting fishermen in Britany, Sarkozy was reduced to furiously babbling as he sought to call a detractor out to insult him face to face.
  3. The dorm room of a Chelsea Clinton detractor is searched by the Secret Service.


  • HOROSCOPE for Friday, 6/28/13 by Christopher Renstrom

    HOROSCOPE for Friday, 6/28/13 by Christopher Renstrom ARIES. (March 20 - April 18): Evidently you passed some sort of unknown test because a critic is singing your praises. A detractor is now a supporter. Whether you like that or not remains to be seen.
    on June 28, 2013     Source: San Francisco Chronicle


  1. "The big detractor was net exports, mainly due to imports of capital goods. But exports are expected to pick up as the global economy recovers," said Shane Lee, senior economist with ANZ Bank.
    on Dec 15, 2009 By: Shane Lee Source: Sydney Morning Herald

  2. "When legends play the game before you, it can be a great motivator or a detractor," Herrmann said. "There are a number of schools around that have had a great legacy of quarterbacks. But as the years go on, the list grows here. There is...
    on Jun 22, 2010 By: Mark Herrmann Source:

  3. "Well, the BIAW doesn't support it," Gregoire said of Puget Sound cleanup plans. "They are an absolute detractor from our efforts to clean up Puget Sound and since he supports them in his voting record 99 percent, where they are, I assume, is...
    on Jul 25, 2008 By: Chris Gregoire Source: Politicker

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