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”
Recent Examples on the Web But the situation is far more complicated than that, and failing to acknowledge the many factors involved does us all a disservice. Daryl Austin, Quartz, "Covid-19 is deadly, and so is keeping millions of people out of work," 5 May 2020 The greatest disservice the people … may do is think by me lifting the comprehensive restrictions, that this is a sign that there is no longer a threat from covid-19. Washington Post, "Southern governors who initially downplayed coronavirus threat ease into re...," 29 Apr. 2020 Tim DuBois: The inequity between facilities on the east and west sides of Portland is only a disservice to our children. oregonlive, "Portland Commissioner Position 1 candidates explain what they believe are the city’s biggest inequities," 24 Apr. 2020 This legal action does a true disservice to the thousands of people in San Diego who count on the Instacart platform every day for immediate, flexible earnings opportunities. Edvard Pettersson, Bloomberg.com, "Instacart Shoppers Pose Risk Without Sick Leave, San Diego Says," 17 Apr. 2020 But here, neglecting these topics is a disservice to the film, coming off more as erasure than a boon for color-blind representation. Robyn Bahr, The Hollywood Reporter, "'To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You': Film Review," 11 Feb. 2020 This is a disservice not only to your readers but to those whose voices are so often ignored. The New Yorker, "The Mail," 27 Apr. 2020 Disrupting our involvement in the 5G rollout would do Britain a disservice. Jerry Dunleavy, Washington Examiner, "UK spy agencies hint at tougher stance on China after coronavirus pandemic," 13 Apr. 2020 If not, then her agent and editors did her a disservice despite the book’s runaway success. Sarah Schutte, National Review, "When Memoirs Share Too Much, Too Soon," 29 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of disservice

1599, in the meaning defined above

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31 May 2020

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“Disservice.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disservice. Accessed 31 May. 2020.

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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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