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[dis-sur-vis] /dɪsˈsɜr vɪs/
harmful or injurious service; an ill turn.
verb (used with object), disserviced, disservicing.
to provide inadequate or faulty service to:
Small shippers are most often disserviced by transportation breakdowns.
Origin of disservice
1590-1600; dis-1 + service1
Related forms
self-disservice, noun
1. wrong, hurt, harm, injury, unkindness. Unabridged
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  • As for Gaston Cheverny, he did me then and there the only disservice of his life.

    Francezka Molly Elliot Seawell
  • It was the hundredth disservice the silly fellow had done me.

    Lives of Celebrated Women Samuel Griswold Goodrich
  • It would be doing a disservice to his memory to deny that his style did not possess literary distinction or elegance.

    Mark Twain Archibald Henderson
  • Miss Crawford's beauty did her no disservice with the Miss Bertrams.

    Mansfield Park Jane Austen
  • We will not do a great man such a disservice as to dig him up for a spectacle.

    The Town Leigh Hunt
British Dictionary definitions for disservice


an ill turn; wrong; injury, esp when trying to help
Derived Forms
disserviceable, adjective
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Word Origin and History for disservice

1590s; see dis- + service. Perhaps formed on analogy of French desservice (16c.).

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