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



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


disrespectful \ ˌdis-​ri-​ˈspekt-​fəl How to pronounce disrespect (audio) \ adjective
disrespectfully \ ˌdis-​ri-​ˈspekt-​fə-​lē How to pronounce disrespect (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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb But Collins’s persistence, even in the face of distrust and disrespect, felt like a lesson—not about medicine or science, but about listening to and engaging with people who, for one reason or another, remain unconvinced. Dhruv Khullar, The New Yorker, 7 Apr. 2022 The kidnapping and murder of Tushar Atre Did push-ups and disrespect lead to murder? CBS News, 2 Apr. 2022 Hate, disrespect, and prejudice of any kind are not welcome in this community. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, 19 Apr. 2022 The problem was not necessarily one specific party or another but the general deceit, hypocrisy, and disrespect that his rule-breaking seemed to symbolize. Tom Mctague, The Atlantic, 16 Apr. 2022 Some black artists who gain admittance into the mainstream disrespect their current license. Armond White, National Review, 6 Apr. 2022 And thanks to Smith, disrespect flourishes all the more. Washington Post, 29 Mar. 2022 It’s what emboldens a group of Republican senators to badger, interrupt and disrespect a highly qualified, Black woman judge nominated to the U.S. Supreme Court. Elaine Ayala, San Antonio Express-News, 23 Mar. 2022 Rick Barton Encinitas :: Turnovers in sports are more times than not caused due to arrogance and disrespect. Los Angeles Times, 19 Mar. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun No disrespect to the Original Griller, but non-meat patties have come a looooong way. Joe Brown, Rolling Stone, 21 Apr. 2022 No disrespect to anyone who just joined the Dolphins as a free agent, or re-signed for the latest era of this never-ending rebuild, but the eight returnees and eight newcomers hardly move the needle. Omar Kelly, sun-sentinel.com, 17 Mar. 2022 No disrespect to the Original Griller, a freezer staple at the Brown house, but non-meat patties have come a looooong way. Joe Brown, Men's Health, 28 Feb. 2022 There is no disrespect in failing to mention a significant tragedy in a casual conversation. Washington Post, 26 Jan. 2022 Clearly, there was no disrespect on the part of Rials either before or after the game. Ben Thomas | Bthomas@al.com, al, 14 Oct. 2021 States and districts with huge checks can seek specific line edits while, with no disrespect for the roughly 70,000 students in D.C. public schools, Chancellor Lewis D. Ferebee cannot compel massive publishers to do the same on a matching scale. Philip Elliott, Time, 19 Apr. 2022 But we have all been spoken to with that kind of disrespect. Washington Post, 12 Apr. 2022 Some of your students will take that as a gesture of disrespect. New York Times, 5 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of disrespect


1614, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1621, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of disrespect was in 1614

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21 May 2022

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“Disrespect.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disrespect. Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for disrespect


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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