disservice


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Related to disservice: inane, indubitably, rambunctious, peculiar

dis·ser·vice

 (dĭs-sûr′vĭs)
n.
A harmful action, especially one undertaken unknowingly or with good intentions.

disservice

(dɪsˈsɜːvɪs)
n
an ill turn; wrong; injury, esp when trying to help
disˈserviceable adj

dis•serv•ice

(dɪsˈsɜr vɪs)

n.
harmful or injurious service; an ill turn.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.disservice - an act intended to help that turns out badly; "he did them a disservice"
injury - an act that causes someone or something to receive physical damage
service - an act of help or assistance; "he did them a service"

disservice

noun wrong, injury, harm, injustice, disfavour, unkindness, bad turn, ill turn You could do yourself a grave disservice.
service, courtesy, kindness, indulgence, good turn, obligement (Scot. or archaic)

disservice

noun
An act that is not just:
Law: injury.
Translations
ضَرَر، أذى
špatná služba
bjørnetjeneste
rossz szolgálat
ógagn
meškos paslaugapakenkimas
slikts/lāča pakalpojums
zlá služba
zararlı davranış

disservice

[ˈdɪsˈsɜːvɪs] Nperjuicio m
to do sb a disserviceperjudicar a algn

disservice

[ˌdɪsˈsɜːrvɪs] n
to do sb a disservice → rendre un mauvais service à qn, desservir qn
to do sth a disservice → faire du tort à qch

disservice

n to do oneself/somebody a disservicesich/jdm einen schlechten Dienst erweisen

disservice

[ˈdɪsˈsɜːvɪs] n to do sb a disservicerendere un cattivo servizio a qn

disservice

(disˈsəːvis) noun
an action which is not helpful.
References in classic literature ?
Only, look here: shall you not be doing the General a great disservice, as well as, through him, a great disservice to yourself?
"Believe me, my dear Miss Elizabeth, that your modesty, so far from doing you any disservice, rather adds to your other perfections.
But if we consider this matter in another point of view, it will appear to require great caution; for when the advantage proposed is trifling, as the accustoming the people easily to abolish their laws is of bad consequence, it is evidently better to pass over some faults which either the legislator or the magistrates may have committed; for the alterations will not be of so much service as a habit of disobeying the magistrates will be of disservice. Besides, the instance brought from the arts is fallacious; for it is not the same thing to alter the one as the other.
"Blank-blank-blank him," said Sir Madok, "an I do not stove-polish him an I may find him, leave it to me; for never no knight that hight Ossaise or aught else may do me this disservice and bide on live, an I may find him, the which I have thereunto sworn a great oath this day."
This indeed did him some disservice with your humble servant; but I soon saw through it, especially as in her absence he behaved to me, as I have said, in a different manner.
Miss Crawford's beauty did her no disservice with the Miss Bertrams.
Do not talk to me, then, any more of the respect you owe the king, and be careful of your words, that they may not chance to convey the slightest menace; for the king will not allow those to be threatened who do him service by others who do him disservice; and if in case I should have, which God forbid!
Knightley had spoken prophetically, when he once said, "Emma, you have been no friend to Harriet Smith."She was afraid she had done her nothing but disservice.It was true that she had not to charge herself, in this instance as in the former, with being the sole and original author of the mischief; with having suggested such feelings as might otherwise never have entered Harriet's imagination; for Harriet had acknowledged her admiration and preference of Frank Churchill before she had ever given her a hint on the subject; but she felt completely guilty of having encouraged what she might have repressed.
You own yourself that you have done me a disservice; I have had to swallow an affront: I have never reproached you, I never named the thing till you did.
Of all the people who profess that they know how to do men good, do you mean to say that these are the only ones who not only do them no good, but positively corrupt those who are entrusted to them, and in return for this disservice have the face to demand money?
He was a chauffeur as ugly as sin--not that this did him disservice with Charles, who thought charm in a man rather rot, and had soon got rid of the little Italian beast with whom they had started.
Naveed says Hayat brought bad name to the country and did a great disservice to football in Pakistan for not letting a national team selected on merit for the international tie while also taking the chance for the country to host the international game.