dis·​ser·​vice (ˌ)di(s)-ˈsər-vəs How to pronounce disservice (audio)
: ill service : harm
also : an unhelpful, unkind, or harmful act
misinformation that does a disservice to readers

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”
Recent Examples on the Web Turning Garza into a national hero without taking all of his ideas seriously is a disservice to him and his legacy. TIME, 9 Apr. 2024 And, after all, there will always be unfortunate acts that perpetuate negative stereotypes and do a disservice to the broader industry. Emily Latimer, Longreads, 25 Jan. 2024 Rushing into pacts that most harm working families without considering economic fallout and potential hardships is a disservice to our most vulnerable. Peter Brennan, Hartford Courant, 17 Jan. 2024 Because of the subject, a four-hour film (there is an intermission) was necessary, according to McQueen, as a standard 90 minutes would have been a disservice. Joanne Shurvell, Forbes, 15 Feb. 2024 This also does a disservice to those who are earnestly trying to learn more about birds. USA TODAY, 22 Jan. 2024 Meyer Lemon Keeping a hardworking space like a laundry room doused in boring neutrals is doing a disservice to a space with loads of potential. Marisa Spyker, Southern Living, 8 Feb. 2024 Congress members’ devotion to ritual political gamesmanship is a disservice to us all. Letters To The Editor, The Mercury News, 24 Jan. 2024 To pick just one neighborhood would be a disservice to a city that holds a variety of culture and color and diversity. Lisa Deaderick, San Diego Union-Tribune, 27 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1599, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of disservice was in 1599

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“Disservice.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disservice. Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


dis·​ser·​vice (ˈ)dis-ˈ(s)ər-vəs How to pronounce disservice (audio)
: an unhelpful, unkind, or harmful act
behavior that did a disservice to the sport

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