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  1. harmful or injurious service; an ill turn.
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verb (used with object), dis·serv·iced, dis·serv·ic·ing.
  1. to provide inadequate or faulty service to: Small shippers are most often disserviced by transportation breakdowns.
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Origin of disservice

First recorded in 1590–1600; dis-1 + service1
Related formsself-dis·serv·ice, noun


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1. wrong, hurt, harm, injury, unkindness.
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  • "And greatly to your disservice besides," added I, severely.

    That Boy Of Norcott's

    Charles James Lever

  • Indeed, Tony laughed at the abrupt peroration, and that laugh did him no disservice.

    Tony Butler

    Charles James Lever

  • The epigrams can be made; but it is uninstructive, rather tending to do disservice.

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

    The Town

    Leigh Hunt

  • It was the hundredth disservice the silly fellow had done me.

    Lives of Celebrated Women

    Samuel Griswold Goodrich

British Dictionary definitions for disservice


  1. an ill turn; wrong; injury, esp when trying to help
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Derived Formsdisserviceable, 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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