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intransitive verb
  • to take away a part, as from quality, value, or reputation (usually fol. by from) [Webster]
transitive verb
  • to draw away or divert; distract: to detract another's attention from more important issues [Webster]
  • to diminish the importance, value, or effectiveness of something [Taisha]

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