disrespect

verb
dis·​re·​spect | \ ˌdis-ri-ˈspekt \
disrespected; disrespecting; disrespects

Definition of disrespect

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to lack special regard or respect for : to have disrespect (see disrespect entry 2) for disrespects authority
2 : to show or express disrespect or contempt for : insult, dis disrespected the officer

disrespect

noun

Definition of disrespect (Entry 2 of 2)

: low regard or esteem for someone or something : lack of respect treating a teacher with disrespect meant no disrespect to you

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Other Words from disrespect

Noun

disrespectful \ ˌdis-​ri-​ˈspekt-​fəl \ adjective
disrespectfully \ ˌdis-​ri-​ˈspekt-​fə-​lē \ adverb
disrespectfulness noun

Examples of disrespect in a Sentence

Verb

a comedian who shuns jokes that disrespect people because of their race or ethnicity the player once again disrespected fans by refusing to sign autographs

Noun

The student treated the teacher with disrespect. I'm sorry. I meant no disrespect. He showed a shocking disrespect for authority.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The conservative rhetoric previously funneled through Trump’s anuslike blowhole always insisted that NFL players were disrespecting America by kneeling during the pregame display paid for by the marketing arm of the U.S. military. Michael Harriot, The Root, "Donald Trump Admits the NFL Protests Actually Worked," 8 June 2018 Mickelson finally emerged to talk to Fox’s Curtis Strange, which was interesting—Strange is exactly the kind of old-school hard-ass who probably wanted to yank Phil by the collar and scream at him for disrespecting the game. Michael Rosenberg, SI.com, "Make No Mistake: Phil Mickelson Admitted to Cheating and Should Have Been Disqualified," 16 June 2018 Pence left Lucas Oil Stadium after some San Francisco 49ers players knelt during the national anthem, which Pence — and the Republican party more broadly — considers an act that disrespects the American flag. Tony Cook, Indianapolis Star, "Here's how much Mike Pence's abrupt Infosys trip cost Indianapolis taxpayers," 4 May 2018 By misgendering these transgender women, the JSO disrespects their memory and impedes their own investigations. NBC News, "String of transgender murders could be the work of a serial killer, activists fear," 26 June 2018 Some have worried that Trump's vulgar comments might embolden men to also disrespect women and repeat patterns of misogyny and harassment. Julyssa Lopez, Glamour, "Man Arrested for Groping Woman on Flight Tells Police That Donald Trump 'Says It's OK'," 23 Oct. 2018 The crowd loved his criticism of the protesters, and his suggestion that they anyone who disrespects the flag should be fired. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Trump wins a battle in the culture war as NFL owners cave on national anthem protests," 24 May 2018 The issue got more heated last year when President Donald Trump said that owners should fire players who disrespected the flag. Scooby Axson, SI.com, "NFL Policy Will Require Players on Field to Stand for Anthem, Show Flag 'Proper Respect'," 23 May 2018 And these Dolphins remained mum on the issue The new policy is a victory of sorts for President Trump, who has vilified the kneeling players as disrespecting the flag, country and even the military when the protesters of course meant no such thing. Greg Cote, miamiherald, "NFL's new solution to national anthem controversy? Hide the problem and it goes away | Miami Herald," 23 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

And yet the disagreements are presented as two-sided because Pedro's family doesn't take kindly to that disrespect. Bonnie Stiernberg, Glamour, "I'm Divorcing Myself From 90 Day Fiancé," 27 July 2018 No disrespect to the Stuttgart Open, but players make their bones at the Big Four. Jon Wertheim, SI.com, "Q&A: World No. 1 Simona Halep Talks French Open, Quest for First Major," 24 May 2018 Meng’s detention, together with Washington’s actions vis-à-vis other international incidents and events including the death of Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi Arabian journalist, reflects the US’ disrespect for both reason and international law. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "Huawei’s CFO is granted bail by Canadian court but will be closely monitored," 11 Dec. 2018 This group is divided between conservatives who support most of Trump’s policies but reject his immoral rhetoric and disrespect for American institutions. Tara Isabella Burton, Vox, "Historian and author John Fea on Trump’s “court evangelicals” and the long history of Christian nationalism.," 5 Nov. 2018 Danes pay some of the world’s highest taxes to sustain their welfare state and have little tolerance for tax evasion and disrespect for rules. Martin Selsoe Sorensen, New York Times, "Where Danes Butt Heads (Politely) With Their Leaders," 23 June 2018 That is no disrespect to the guys on that ball club. Dave Hyde, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Hyde5: Dontrelle Willis goes off on the Marlins - 'I'm tired of being patient'," 6 June 2018 Donovan’s next best offensive players are Rudy Gobert (spoiler alert DPOY) and Ricky Rubio….. no disrespect but nuff said. Steven Ruiz, For The Win, "Richard Jefferson picks 'true rookie' Donovan Mitchell over Ben Simmons for Rookie of the Year," 10 Apr. 2018 Junk bond yields are historically low, so being treated like junk isn’t such a mark of disrespect as before. James Mackintosh, WSJ, "Investor Lessons From Turkey’s Crash to Earth," 14 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of disrespect

Verb

1614, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1621, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of disrespect was in 1614

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More Definitions for disrespect

disrespect

verb

English Language Learners Definition of disrespect

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to say or do something that shows a lack of respect for (someone or something)

disrespect

noun

English Language Learners Definition of disrespect (Entry 2 of 2)

: speech or behavior which shows that you do not think someone or something is valuable, important, etc. : lack of respect

disrespect

noun
dis·​re·​spect | \ ˌdis-ri-ˈspekt \

Kids Definition of disrespect

: lack of respect : discourtesy She never treated her family with disrespect.

Other Words from disrespect

disrespectful adjective
disrespectfully \ -​fə-​lē \ adverb

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