Detract De*tract", v. t. [imp. & p. p. Detracted; p. pr. & vb. n. Detracting.] [L. detractus, p. p. of detrahere to detract; de + trahere to draw: cf. F. d['e]tracter. See Trace.] 1. To take away; to withdraw. Detract much from the view of the without. --Sir H. Wotton. 2. To take credit or reputation from; to defame. That calumnious critic . . . Detracting what laboriously we do. --Drayton. Syn: To derogate; decry; disparage; depreciate; asperse; vilify; defame; traduce. See Decry.