American Dictionary of the English Language, Vol. 1

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Author: Noah Webster

Detraction

DETRACTION, n. [L.] The act of taking something from the reputation or worth of another, with the view to lessen him in estimation; censure; a lessening of worth; the act of depreciating another, from envy or malice. Detraction may consist in representing merit, as less than it really is; or in the imputation of faults, vices or crimes, which impair reputation; and if such imputation is false, it is slander or defamation.

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Chicago: Noah Webster Jr., "Detraction," American Dictionary of the English Language, Vol. 1 in An American Dictionary of the English Language, Vol. 1 (New York: S. Converse, 1828), Original Sources, accessed September 26, 2018, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=CYL35IVRD6W942A.

MLA: Webster, Noah, Jr. "Detraction." American Dictionary of the English Language, Vol. 1, in An American Dictionary of the English Language, Vol. 1, New York, S. Converse, 1828, Original Sources. 26 Sep. 2018. www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=CYL35IVRD6W942A.

Harvard: Webster, N, 'Detraction' in American Dictionary of the English Language, Vol. 1. cited in 1828, An American Dictionary of the English Language, Vol. 1, S. Converse, New York. Original Sources, retrieved 26 September 2018, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=CYL35IVRD6W942A.