Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A harmful action; an injury.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An ill turn or injury.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Injury; mischief.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Service resulting in harm rather than benefit; an ill turn, intentional or unintentional.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an act intended to help that turns out badly

Etymologies

From dis- + service. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • A terrible disservice is done to the half-million to one million non-Jewish parents helping to raise Jewish children whenever our community commissions yet another study to demonstrate how different the intermarried are from the in-married.

    Paul Golin: What Is the Biggest Divide in the Jewish Community?

  • Maternal health seems to be a second class citizen; in doing so, a disservice is being done to that baby.

    A Good Birth | Her Bad Mother

  • Of equal disservice is the constant attacks on a much more viable candidate because she is a woman.

    Poll of polls: Obama losing ground

  • I am posting this remark because I believe a great disservice is being done those reading these forums by the person presenting this incorrect information.

    Insurance for "Tourist" Automobiles

  • I wonder if a disservice is being done, however inadvertantly, by not putting thoughts down on paper rather than on the screen.

    Academic Blogging: Officially Un-Cool

  • While I understand the temptation to reach for a shorthand to talk about New Amsterdam, generalizations like "alt-classical" really do the label a disservice as they mischaracterize the work of so many constituent artists and rob them of the creative idiosyncracies they've worked so hard to achieve.

    NewMusicBox

  • The worst part of all is that it will inevitably mean the US can't keep up in innovation (many if not most improvements came from "real world" ideas from folks working in the field or on the manufacturing line, then handed off to the design staff for proper implementation) - and the offshore countries are generally not known for having folks who can think "outside the box" - so the companies are doing themselves a long term disservice for short term gains.

    Denver Post: News: Breaking: Local

  • | Reply | Permalink nice article ... our media does us a great disservice, which is outlined well in your article.

    Clinton Camp: Obama Shouldn't Get Away With Writing Off West Virginia Loss

  • The argument that uncovering East Timor's shady past will do the fallen soldiers a disservice was the stance of the Indonesian generals when they opposed then president Habibie's decision to grant the East Timorese a referendum in

    The Jakarta Post Breaking News

  • Tarted-up wine labels a disservice to female drinkers?

    canada.com Top Stories

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