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detract from: to spoil the soundness or perfection of

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"If, then, the penetrative power of telescopes has not been further increased, it is because that power detracts from their light; and the moon, which is but a reflecting mirror, does not give back sufficient light to enable us to perceive objects of lesser magnitude."
He was a trifle above the middle size, and apparently rather weak in the legs; but this circumstance by no means detracted from his own admiration of his top-boots, which he contemplated, in their elevated situation, with lively satisfaction.
There were also present, a couple of water-side men, bearing between them certain machines called drags; even these fellows were accommodated with a stiff glass a-piece; and as they drank with a great relish, and were naturally of a red-nosed, pimple-faced, convivial look, their presence rather increased than detracted from that decided appearance of comfort, which was the great characteristic of the party.
The king was dull and appeared ill, which detracted a little from his usual lofty bearing.
Not once did I look behind me, since every unnecessary movement in swimming detracts so much from one's endurance speed.
"The very thought fills me with interest," nor was it likely that the handsome face of the young jed detracted anything from the glamour of far Gathol.
She was a brave figure; even her soiled and torn riding togs and disheveled hair detracted nothing from her appearance.
'Real purpose of politics is to serve masses but some elements were trying to detract masses by developing a culture of bad calling, criticism and allegations but people of Pakistan have rejected these elements and there is no future of such elements in country's politics,' he added.
New York, Sept.18 (Petra)-- The UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, early Monday, urged Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region to scrap plans for a referendum on independence later this month, saying it will detract from the fight against the terror group of Daesh.
However, the addition of single-player mission does not detract from Titanfall's multiplayer mode, which features a few new skills for players to utilize.
But the Raith Rovers boss insists neither extreme will detract from the achievement.
CITY bosses have knocked back plans to open a betting shop opposite Liverpool town hall because it would detract from the city's World Heritage Site.
Washington, Dec 3 (ANI): Bradley Cooper has revealed that he doesn't take his 'Sexiest Man Alive' title too seriously and hopes it won't detract him from his work.
Baghdad (NINA) - The Committee of Human Rights in Parliament stressed that it is a constitutional right to demonstrate and nobody has the authority to disable or detract it.
Junior Minister Gerry Kelly said the threat, phoned in to his constituency office yesterday, would in no way detract him from his work as a public representative.