There is, however, a certain coolness about the hero's affection for his wife which somewhat detracts from the merit of his sacrifice; while the Christian part of the matter is scarcely so well treated as in the Saint Genest of Rotrou or the Virgin Martyr of Massinger.
At the present time obsidian is sometimes cut and polished as an ornamental stone, but its softness (H = 5 to 5.5) detracts from its value.
In the journals of these evangelists dark pictures are drawn of the religious state of the country, though their censorious tone detracts greatly from their value; but there is no doubt that the efforts of the Haldanes brought about or coincided with a quickening of the religious spirit of Scotland.
There is, however, a certain coolness about the hero's affection for his wife which somewhat detracts from the merit of his sacrifice; while the Christian part of the' matter is scarcely so well treated as in the Saint Genest of Rotrou or the Virgin Martyr of Massinger.
Mirrors can be used to give the illusion of added space in a room, and nothing detracts from this illusion faster than a heavy mirror frame.
Powder puffs tend to apply more powder than you need which detracts from the natural, clean look you want.
Blue-based colors tend to appear darker on film, and while shimmers and glosses are fun and pretty, but sometimes that shine and sparkle detracts in pictures and makes you look like you have greasy skin.
For example, many modern brides no longer promise to "obey" their husbands, since many feel this detracts from partnership in marriage.
An unattractive cake board detracts from an otherwise beautiful design.
If your existing toilet seat is stained, cracked or broken, it detracts from the overall look of the bathroom, not to mention hinders functionality.
It detracts from the look you're trying to convey.
Many resent having to wear eyeglasses because they feel that it detracts from their face, but this couldn't be farther from the truth, especially if you select the proper frame.
This seriously detracts from the replay value, so it's likely that you'll only want to play Buzz!
Used phones may have gone through a certain level of physical abuse and this detracts from the appearance (and possibly the functionality) of the handset.
The buckle accents are not completely delicate, nor are they large and chunky, making them an addition that adds to the bag, but doesn't garner so much attention that is detracts from the beauty of the carryall.
She feels any argument detracts from a person's dignity.
Many people feel that ordering students to wear the same clothing detracts from their individuality and stifles their creativity.
Wearers note that the lack of arch support detracts from the comfort and you're better off getting the boot a half or whole size larger than your usual fit.
It is a more formidable shoe than the strappy sandal, and the open toe detracts slightly from the professional advantage of the closed-toe pump.
Many people enjoy the retro styling, although enthusiasts bemoan the modern materials such as plastic that appear in some of the designs, believing that this detracts from the authenticity of the clocks.
She would prefer a more comfortable lifestyle and often objects when Begley, Jr. installs rain barrels, solar panels and other features that she feels detracts from the appearance of their home.
The fact that the three new consuls had entered upon office and set the constitutional machinery in motion fully six weeks before the completion of the plebiscite, detracts somewhat from the impressiveness of the vox populi on that occasion.
It seems unlikely, therefore, that as a system the Synthetic Philosophy will prove long-lived; but this hardly detracts from its fruitfulness as a source of suggestion, or from the historic influence of many of its conceptions on the culture of the age.
In fact, it is not too much to say that it was the sophists who provided those great masters with their consummate instrument, and it detracts but little from the merit of the makers if they were themselves unable to draw from it its finer tones.
As regards the discovery of the connexion between value in exchange and final (or marginal) utility, the priority belongs to Gossen, but this in no way detracts from the great importance of the service which Jevons rendered to English economics by his fresh discovery of the principle, and by the way in which he ultimately forced it into notice.
The circumstance, however, which most seriously detracts from his scientific reputation is his neglect of the discoveries made during his lifetime by the greatest of his contemporaries.
While the scenery of the western slope of the Andes is exceedingly grand, with its deep fjords, glaciers and woods, yet the severity of its climate detracts considerably from its charm.
detracts from the seriousness (if that is a word) of this debate.
detracts significantly from the film.
The back of the beach has been turned into a car park which somewhat detracts from the beach's beauty.
detracts nothing from the exhilarating story.
Unfortunately most of the species are rather moth-eaten which detracts from their visual value.
The minuteness of his narrative detracts from its interest; though his arrangement is generally good, here and there the reader finds the thread of a subject broken by the intrusion of incidents not immediately connected with it, and does not pick it up again without an effort.
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