disservice disservice  /dɪs ˈɜr vəs/


  • (n) an act intended to help that turns out badly



  1. To call for an end to this race before the people of Pennsylvania have had a chance to make their views known is wrong and a disservice to millions of Democrats.
  2. The meeting we held in the Edwardses' family room did him a disservice; of course, he was the candidate and if he really was against the war, it was up to him to stand his ground.
  3. By making such silly and frivolous accusations, Gingrich performs a disservice to the enormous progress made by Catholics.


  1. Camilla Benbow: Idea that college is unnecessary isn't smart

    When the media promote the idea that college isn't needed, they create an unfortunate narrative and do a disservice to many learners.
    on June 13, 2013     Source: The Tennessean

  2. Association only protecting privacy

    Cory Farley does the Reno Rodeo Association a disservice by criticizing their ban on cameras with telephoto lenses [Voices, June 9]. In reality the RRA are simply guarding the privacy of the unfortunate animals involved.
    on June 13, 2013     Source: Dayton Courier

  3. Intelligence Exchange in a Free Market Economy

    The U.S. Government is causing a huge disservice to protection and defense in the private sector (80%+ of CIKR) by creating an ECS that contains monetary incentive for a few large players to exert undue control over the availability, distribution, and cost of security threat indicators. While there may be a legitimate need for the federal government to share classified indicators to entities for ...
    on June 11, 2013     Source: CircleID


  1. "It's tempting to sit back here and go back and forth with the media for the next three months but I'm not going to do that," Rodriguez said. "For us to be thinking about him and Oakland would be a disservice for us. We've got the Red Sox and...
    on May 7, 2010 By: Alex Rodriguez Source: New York Post

  2. Clinton on Thursday said she thinks "it would be a grave disservice to the voters of Florida and Michigan to adopt any process that would disenfranchise anyone."
    on Mar 6, 2008 By: Hillary Rodham Clinton Source: CNNMoney.com

  3. Pelosi, at a news conference in San Francisco, said Cheney's criticism of Democrats was "beneath the dignity of the debate we're engaged in and a disservice to our men and women in uniform, whom we all support."
    on Feb 21, 2007 By: Nancy Pelosi Source: ABC News

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