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Definition of "detriment" []

  • Damage, harm, or loss: took a long leave of absence without detriment to her career. See Synonyms at disadvantage. (noun)
  • Something that causes damage, harm, or loss: Smoking is now considered a detriment to good health. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "detriment" in a sentence
  • "Just to belabor the point a bit, the word "detriment" comes from the Latin de - "away" + terere "to rub, wear," and has the connotation of impair or injure."
  • "For starters, we can accept, without cynicism, that the poor, like you and I, are irrational economic actors who sometimes make short-term decisions to their long-term detriment."
  • "The tipping point, as will be to our serious detriment, is Israeli intervention in Iran, and that is coming soon."