disservice

noun
dis·​ser·​vice | \(ˌ)di(s)-ˈsər-vəs \

Definition of disservice 

: ill service : harm also : an unhelpful, unkind, or harmful act misinformation that does a disservice to readers

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Examples of disservice in a Sentence

Her comments were a disservice to those volunteers. you do a great disservice to the professionals at the day-care center when you refer to them as “babysitters”

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Still, Cohen argues that not working with fans and communities on allowing transformative tributes to exist on sites like YouTube does a disservice to both the artist and community. Julia Alexander, The Verge, "YouTube’s head of music warns that EU’s Article 13 is detrimental to remixes, fan videos," 1 Nov. 2018 This approach does a disservice to lower-income homeowners, especially those in areas of emerging risk. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Climate change and the coming coastal real estate crash," 16 Oct. 2018 The lesser half of that equation does a disservice to the great work that goes into the rest of the phone. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Pixel 3 XL review—Google software deserves better than this hardware," 15 Oct. 2018 Emma is a human being, and oversimplifying the way someone relates to the world for the entirety of her childhood — meaning well beyond that, most likely — is a profound disservice to her. Carolyn Hax, Detroit Free Press, "It’s not healthy to raise kids in a protective bubble," 7 Jan. 2018 Insisting that a woman’s authenticity can only be revealed by revealing her bare skin is a disservice. Cheryl Wischhover, Vox, "The problem with Bradley Cooper asking Lady Gaga to go makeup-free in A Star Is Born," 9 Oct. 2018 But that does a disservice to Haley for two reasons: This is hardly the first time she's been hugely popular on a bipartisan basis. Aaron Blake, Washington Post, "Nikki Haley’s unique Trump Teflon," 25 Apr. 2018 But the comparisons do a disservice to both Tatum and O’Neal, for Tatum’s phenomenal velocity and articulation never have been equaled, while O’Neal offers a keyboard panache all his own. Howard Reich, chicagotribune.com, "The many facets of Johnny O'Neal play out at Winter’s Jazz Club," 1 Apr. 2018 But without paying closer attention to what our allies in Great Britain and Canada have uncovered on our behalf, Americans are doing our own democracy a grave disservice. David Carroll, WIRED, "The US Should Pay Attention to Foreign Cambridge Analytica Probes," 15 June 2018

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First Known Use of disservice

1599, in the meaning defined above

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disservice

noun

English Language Learners Definition of disservice

: something that harms or damages someone or something

disservice

noun
dis·​ser·​vice | \di-ˈsər-vəs \

Kids Definition of disservice

: a harmful, unfair, or unjust act I have done you a disservice by blaming you.

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