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A person who disparages someone or something:‘the island, say its detractors, has been devoured by development’
critic, disparager, denigrator, deprecator, belittler, attacker, censurer, fault-finder, carper, backbiter, caviller, reviler, vilifier, slanderer, libeller, calumniator, defamer, traducermud-slinger, knocker, nitpickerasperserView synonyms
- ‘Their detractors were few along their short trek down Main Street to the MP's office.’
- ‘Every public project has its detractors, and the air fills to the sound of axes grinding every time Holyrood is mentioned.’
- ‘While the situation looks positive for cannabis activists, there are detractors.’
- ‘The racing of horses therefore has a long and mostly honourable tradition, but the sport has always had its detractors.’
- ‘The data are not without problems and detractors, but there is a considerable willingness to use the statistics.’
- ‘Even some of the staunchest detractors of the idea now appear willing to at least reassess their stand.’
- ‘The ulterior motive of this salvo seemed to be a two-fingered assault on United's recent detractors.’
- ‘Of course, detractors and critics emerged instantaneously out of the woodwork.’
- ‘Gaining in confidence as the day progressed, he looked like he could prove all his detractors wrong.’
- ‘We can do as well as our detractors do: there is no magic in their success, nor inevitability in our humiliation.’
- ‘After all, fans and detractors are equally anonymous on the internet.’
- ‘Because if I'm going to fly in the face of possible detractors I'd prefer to do it with pretty hair.’
- ‘His detractors may question whether he has any of the above-mentioned qualities.’
- ‘In the print world, it's safe to say, making sure that one's detractors are heard is much rarer.’
- ‘Every detractor, accuser, finger-pointer, critic, opponent, enemy, investigator was faced down and confronted by a politician who seemed to be made of pure granite.’
- ‘My detractors never acknowledge that their resentment comes from a place of their own inadequacy.’
- ‘Both had an undeserved reputation for pretension and a sharp sense of humour that went over the heads of many of their detractors.’
- ‘What really earns the rancour of the project's detractors though is the motivation behind it.’
- ‘Certainly, while praise has run far and wide, the film has had its detractors.’
- ‘Interestingly, Rick had not decimated his vile detractors and signified that he was a saint.’
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