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 There’s no such thing as a perfect book-to-film adaptation, largely because a page-by-page adaptation does a disservice to both genres. Lauren Puckett, Harper's BAZAAR, "Netflix’s Shadow and Bone Gives Leigh Bardugo’s Books a Glittering Upgrade," 30 Apr. 2021 And yet to silo the best looks from award shows in the 20th century to just that would be a disservice. Sarah Spellings, Vogue, "Beyond Old Hollywood Glamour: 27 Fabulous Red Carpet Outfits From the Early Academy Awards," 13 Apr. 2021 However, crediting the current appeal of Swedish menswear to that way of simple but effective styling is a disservice. Benedict Browne, Robb Report, "Häftigt Fashion? Sweden’s Understated Menswear Is Slowly Taking Over the World," 22 Mar. 2021 At this point, the Warriors would be doing him a disservice by changing things up on him any more than necessary. Connor Letourneau, San Francisco Chronicle, "Warriors mailbag: Why Steve Kerr's job is safe despite disappointing season," 6 Apr. 2021 Looking back through a 2021 lens does a disservice to what a series like that meant at the time — a prime-time showcase for a very talented female comedian, on one of only three networks (!) for viewers to turn to. Nahnatchka Khan, Rolling Stone, "Nahnatchka Khan on Rethinking the ‘Strong Female Character’," 16 Mar. 2021 Diluting coffee is a disservice to those at origin and those who simply do not know the history. Danielle Bernabe, Fortune, "How the pandemic and social unrest motivated a new coalition to build an equitable foundation for the coffee industry," 28 Mar. 2021 By reaching for its calculator and overlooking the blight caused by an unchecked availability of opioids, the AmerisourceBergen board is actually doing a disservice to shareholders. Ed Silverman, STAT, "‘Deeply problematic’: AmerisourceBergen rewards its CEO despite the ravages of the opioid crisis," 14 Mar. 2021 Its false data in 2020 was a disservice to the entire world as people sought to understand the new virus. James Freeman, WSJ, "Follow the Misleader," 5 Mar. 2021

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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 8 May. 2021.

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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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