Definition of Ill service

1. Noun. An act intended to help that turns out badly. "He did them a disservice"

Exact synonyms: Disservice, Ill Turn
Generic synonyms: Injury
Antonyms: Service

Lexicographical Neighbors of Ill Service

ill at ease
ill at ease(p)
ill behaved
ill fame
ill health
ill humor
ill humors
ill humour
ill luck
ill manners
ill nature
ill repute
ill service (current term)
ill stound
ill temper
ill timed(p)
ill turn
ill will
ill willed
ill wills

Literary usage of Ill service

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Life and Writings of Philip, Duke of Wharton by Lewis Saul Benjamin (1913)
"... Roman Catholic faith—The conversion probably a condition of the marriage—An ill-service to the Jacobite cause—The news reaches England—Comments thereon ..."

2. Usage and Usability Assessment: Library Practices and Concerns by Denise Troll Covey (2002)
"Interlibrary Loan Interlibrary loan (ILL) service provides access to resources not owned by the ... The importance of ILL service to users and the expense ..."

3. The Aurora Borealis: Or Flashes of Wit; Calculated to Drown Dull Care and by David Claypoole Johnston (1831)
"A girl ill service, when weary, would frequently be wishing to be married, that she might rest her bones. At last a neighboring clodhopper led her to the ..."

4. A Concise Etymological Dictionary of the English Language by Walter William Skeat (1900)
"OF desservir, to do ill service to ; also, to take away the courses at dinner. — OF des- = L. dis-, •way ; sentiré, to serve. disservice, ill service. ..."

5. British Farmer's Magazine (1865)
"What the servant may very naturally be sure to consider, in the master's conduct, as the ill desert which brings the ill service, is just as likely to be ..."

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