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 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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb No true supporter of mine could ever disrespect law enforcement or our great American flag. CBS News, "House impeaches Trump for Capitol riot in historic bipartisan rebuke," 14 Jan. 2021 George later said his comments were not meant as disrespect toward his former coach. Andrew Greif, Los Angeles Times, "Paul George on scheming and teaming with Kawhi Leonard to join the Clippers: ‘We made it happen’," 10 Dec. 2020 Their skeletons are a warning to those who would disrespect the goddess. Douglas Preston, The New Yorker, "The Skeletons at the Lake," 7 Dec. 2020 In health care settings, negative judgment, blame and disrespect toward patients with obesity can impair the quality of care provided and prevent patients from seeking out health services, undermining their overall well-being as a result. Rebecca L. Pearl, Scientific American, "How Weight Bias May Affect Dogs and Their Owners," 4 Nov. 2020 Harris said no other decision would dishonor and disrespect Ginsburg's legacy than overturning Roe v. Wade. Bart Jansen, USA TODAY, "'You have the power': Kamala Harris urges voters to oppose Trump, Senate GOP over Supreme Court nominee," 29 Sep. 2020 The Raiders are trying not to disrespect anyone, counting on fans from around the West — and the world — to fill the stadium on game days once the pandemic has subsided. Tim Dahlberg, Star Tribune, "Raiders ready for big opening act on Las Vegas Strip," 18 Sep. 2020 Kaepernick wasn’t trying to disrespect the American flag, and soon after, other NFL players began kneeling or raising a fist during the anthem. Greg Riddle, Dallas News, "As protests against racism evolve beyond kneeling during national anthem, local HS teams are working to promote lasting change," 23 Sep. 2020 But not to pay attention in this case is to disrespect the attention to detail that marked Ginsburg's work in all its dimensions. Vanessa Friedman New York Times, Star Tribune, "RBG's ladylike collars were gauntlets thrown down each time she took the bench," 21 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun For his part, Chiefs receiver Tyreek Hill didn’t wade into the dangerous disrespect the Browns waters. Mary Kay Cabot, cleveland, "Kareem Hunt on Chiefs’ Sammy Watkins dismissing the Browns: ‘We’ll see what he thinks after the game’," 14 Jan. 2021 Black women have also been standard bearers of dignity in the face of disrespect and tenacity in response to doubt. Washington Post, "The sound of a shifting power structure," 13 Jan. 2021 My colleague Suzy Exposito wrote about the disrespect that the Grammys continue to show Latinx artists. Los Angeles Times, "Latinx Files: Thanksgiving (or Sansgiving) edition," 26 Nov. 2020 Crump said the disrespect and mentality shown to a family member in the moments before the incident is what led up to the fatal shooting. Tyler Vazquez, USA TODAY, "Benjamin Crump is seeking justice after a Florida deputy shot two Black teens. Here's what we know," 23 Nov. 2020 Disrespect invites disrespect, violence incites violence. Paul Grein, Billboard, "Should Award Winners Bring Politics Into Acceptance Speeches? It All Depends on Who You Ask," 29 Oct. 2020 My mother got to see Mr. Yoho's disrespect on the floor of this House towards me on television. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, "TikTok Now Has an AOC-Themed Challenge Involving One of Her Famous Speeches," 14 Oct. 2020 That disrespect plays out in other ways, asserts the hip hop star. Ineye Komonibo, refinery29.com, "Megan Thee Stallion Explains Why She’s Always Going To Believe Black Women In New Op-Ed," 13 Oct. 2020 The way Mike Pence constantly interrupted and spoke over @KamalaHarris was the prime example of white male supremacy and its common dismissal and disrespect for black woman. Rachel Yang, EW.com, "Celebrities react to fly 'guest star' and more buzzy moments from vice presidential debate," 8 Oct. 2020

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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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Last Updated

21 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Disrespect.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disrespect. Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for disrespect

disrespect

verb
How to pronounce disrespect (audio)

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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