disrespect

verb
dis·​re·​spect | \ ˌdis-ri-ˈspekt How to pronounce disrespect (audio) \
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 How to pronounce disrespectful (audio) \ adjective
disrespectfully \ ˌdis-​ri-​ˈspekt-​fə-​lē How to pronounce disrespectfully (audio) \ 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

Critics have accused him of disrespecting the anthem and, by extension, the military and the American flag. Jacey Fortin, The Seattle Times, "Nike’s Kaepernick ad prompts heated sniping and vocal support," 4 Sep. 2018 Trump’s tenure has marked a low point for U.S.-Palestinian relations, with the president accusing Abbas and his Fatah leadership of disrespecting Vice President Pence, among others, by refusing to meet since the Dec. 6 embassy announcement. Anne Gearan, Washington Post, "U.S. close to releasing Mideast peace proposal that Palestinian leadership may immediately reject," 21 June 2018 On Twitter, people were quick to call out the shirt designs, specifically the rap tees, for appropriating black culture and disrespecting the legacies of Tupac and Biggie. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kendall and Kylie Jenner Face Backlash Over Their Vintage T-Shirt Collection," 29 June 2017 In an investigative report on the issue, ProPublica and NPR collected 200 stories from Black women who felt disrespected and devalued by healthcare officials. Essence.com, "Serena Williams Says Black Women Are Dying During Childbirth Because 'Doctors Aren't Listening To Us'," 6 Mar. 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

But this anger at the media’s disrespect of Trump, as a president, is not matched by reverence for his signature legislative achievement, as a policy. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "The Democratic Party Has an ‘MSNBC Problem’," 16 May 2018 So are critiques intended to undermine your self-confidence or show disrespect for your views and feelings. Sue Shellenbarger, WSJ, "Your Lonely Child’s Path to a Happier Life," 30 Oct. 2018 And people who show disrespect to the law, in this view, deserve to be punished by having their children deprived of that prize. Dara Lind, Vox, "Birthright citizenship, explained: why some on the right want to end it, and what they get wrong," 23 July 2018 Poll was incensed that Ronaldo appeared to show disrespect to referees whenever things did not go his way during Portugal’s campaign, which ended on Saturday following a 2-1 defeat to Uruguay in the round of 16. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "Former World Cup referee calls Cristiano Ronaldo 'screaming prima donna'," 2 July 2018 Strickland also is accused of showing disrespect by refusing to properly address an unnamed sergeant major, the most senior enlisted rank in the Corps. Carl Prine, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Marine faces gun, theft, tattoo charges, plus disrespect of a sergeant major," 10 Mar. 2018 Mayfield sent an explanation of the post Wednesday to constituents in District 3, noting her questioning of the attacks at New York City's World Trade Center was not meant as disrespect to the thousands who died in the attacks. Mark Price, charlotteobserver, "Charlotte politician sees 'racial overtones' in criticism of her 9-11 conspiracy theory | Charlotte Observer," 19 Apr. 2018 Why has the media focused only on the possible abuse of the player’s rights and the policemen’s possible misconduct and not on this obvious disrespect of the disabled? chicagotribune.com, "Letter: Milwaukee incident an example of disrespect toward disabled persons," 9 July 2018 If disrespect and doubt were wings, Ryan Tannehill would be ready to take off and soar. Greg Cote, miamiherald, "What makes this the ultimate defining season for Dolphins' quarterback Ryan Tannehill | Miami Herald," 21 May 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 How to pronounce disrespect (audio) \

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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