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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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  • Even the cowardice and perfidy of deserting him may have done you no disservice in his esteem.
  • He's done a disservice to his reading public in this way.
  • The picture of the model wearing these pants does the pants a disservice.
  • It does a disservice to potential dog owners to encourage people to ignore this information.
  • The reporter does research a disservice by writing about a subject this early in a study.
  • So if you're clinging out of fear to a job you don't want, you're doing yourself and the rest of us a disservice.
  • She does a disservice to the entire computing community by misleading people otherwise.
  • Parsing the difference between legal and illegal insider trading is futile--and a disservice to all investors.
  • To continue to discuss the epidemic in other terms does a disservice to all of us trying to combat this deadly disease.
  • Their disservice to the community should be noted from time to time so that it will not be repeated.
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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