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

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 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 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

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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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