1. Damage, harm, or disadvantage.
2. Something that causes harm or injury.
The word Detriment can be roughly broken up into de + sentiment where ‘de’ means something negative and sentiments are ones feelings which can be related to something that causes damage to one’s feelings therefore harmful.
1. Cigarette smoking is a detriment to people’s health.
2. Personal liberties have gotten way out of hand, to the detriment of public safety.