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

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 To adhere too strictly to any strain of reggae music would be a disservice to her talents and to her audience. Carrie Battan, The New Yorker, 21 Mar. 2022 Democrats said that was a disservice to the public and hurt their ability to represent their constituents. Mike Cason | Mcason@al.com, al, 22 Feb. 2022 That’s too bad, since the film deals its main characters a disservice in the way they’re poorly constructed as compromised, complicated beings. Courtney Howard, Variety, 7 Apr. 2022 Doing any less would do the entire experiment, not to mention Millar, a disservice. Alicia Vrajlal, refinery29.com, 27 Mar. 2022 Including this political wish list with the Voting Rights Act provisions was a political miscalculation and a huge disservice to the Voting Rights Act. New York Times, 17 Mar. 2022 As with the entire crusade against COVID vaccination, promoting ivermectin is a reckless attack on public health and a disservice to victims who are duped into making bad choices for their health and safety. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 14 Jan. 2022 That magical earnestness captured in the first season can’t be replicated, and to go into the second season expecting the same would be a disservice to both ourselves as viewers and the show as a whole. Katherine Singh, refinery29.com, 11 Jan. 2022 Cruz is even better To say how would be a massive disservice. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, 4 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of disservice

1599, in the meaning defined above

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“Disservice.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disservice. Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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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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