dis·​ser·​vice | \ (ˌ)di(s)-ˈsər-vəs How to pronounce disservice (audio) \

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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To make this film just about wildlife and wildlife habitat and not involve the human element would be a disservice to the complexity of the issue. Mary Anne Potts, National Geographic, "Exploring the Rio Grande by horse, canoe, and mountain bike—before a wall," 17 June 2019 Not wearing sunscreen is also doing your skin and anti-aging routine a huge disservice. Susan Brickell, Health.com, "What Does SPF Stand For? We Asked Dermatologists," 21 June 2019 But to put the weight of a wild-card chase on Hoffman and Lambert’s shoulders is both bad strategy and a disservice to the other playoff-caliber aspects of the club. Kyle Newman, The Denver Post, "Newman: To get back to the postseason, Rockies need to trade for a proven starting pitcher. Here’s the arms they should target.," 18 June 2019 None of the other characters has a discernible personality or motivation beyond reacting to Jean Grey (Sophie Turner); that’s a disservice to the colorful cast of characters that make up this superhero troupe, and an impediment to the storytelling. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "Dark Phoenix is a joyless retelling of the X-Men’s most famous story," 5 June 2019 Had my subconscious been doing me a disservice all these years? Samia Khan, Teen Vogue, "Disney's "Aladdin" Subconsciously Dictated the Type Of Men I Date," 26 May 2019 The researchers’ conclusion: Schools that try to dissuade students from taking out loans to pay for classes may be doing them a disservice. Douglas Belkin, WSJ, "Study Cites the Benefits of Taking Student Loans," 14 Nov. 2018 In actuality, most feminists consider men also at a disservice because of the inequality between men and women. Megan Friedman, Marie Claire, "14 Ways Women Still Aren't Equal to Men," 6 Nov. 2018 The fleeting nature of a runway show does a disservice to the quality of designer Eun-hye Jo’s construction. Monica Kim, Vogue, "The 5 Designers to Know From Seoul Fashion Week Fall 2019," 29 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of disservice

1599, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of disservice was in 1599

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English Language Learners Definition of disservice

: something that harms or damages someone or something


dis·​ser·​vice | \ di-ˈsər-vəs How to pronounce disservice (audio) \

Kids Definition of disservice

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

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