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

Kim Kardashian West stirred up major drama in Japan by naming her new line of shapewear Kimono, prompting some to accuse her of disrespecting the traditional outfit. Kristen Bellstrom, Fortune, "Larry Nassar's Victims Talk About the Settlement Process: Broadsheet," 27 June 2019 But Kyrgios is also a serial rule breaker, and his on-court behavior often disrespects not just players, officials and his own courtside entourage, but also the sport itself. Christopher Clarey, New York Times, "Nick Kyrgios: On a Path to Glory, Suspension or Both?," 28 Aug. 2019 And if anything deserves disrespect now, it’s Xi’s China. Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review, "It’s Time for Trump to Troll China," 16 Aug. 2019 To call it a dog whistle disrespects canine subtlety. Tim Fernholz, Quartz, "Why the US probably won’t pass stronger gun control laws," 10 Aug. 2019 Presidents who inhibit reasonable discussion and make decisions without board votes are disrespecting the role of the other directors. San Diego Union-Tribune, "HOA Homefront: Reasons some don’t serve on board," 27 July 2019 Jeter had David Samson, who was former owner Jeffrey Loria’s gofer, fire Dawson and Perez, who felt disrespected that Jeter didn’t bother talking to them personally. John Shea, SFChronicle.com, "Critical time for Giants, other teams to make tough calls on future," 27 July 2019 Consumers sometimes unknowingly use Native symbols and traditions in ways that disrespect the meaning, usually at the expense of the people in those tribes, Whitebear said. High School Journalism Institute, oregonlive.com, "Oregon Native designers celebrate heritage, counter mass fashion," 21 July 2019 But no matter how hurt or angry or disrespected any player might have felt, nobody articulated their issues with Madden better than Keenan Allen of the Chargers. Khadrice Rollins, SI.com, "Keenan Allen Is the Voice of Every Player Mad About Their Madden 20 Rating," 15 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Proper attire for funerals shows respect for the dead and the living, and lack of it, by extension, shows disrespect. Judith Martin, The Mercury News, "Miss Manners: So you’re not a ‘dress-up person’? Suck it up.," 22 Aug. 2019 Labor groups who have been key supporters of Durkan have opposed reopening the contract, saying that doing so would show disrespect for the collective-bargaining process. Steve Miletich, The Seattle Times, "Citizen panel unanimously rejects Mayor Durkan’s proposal to address Seattle police accountability flaws," 8 Aug. 2019 Britton Colquitt means no disrespect to Vikings wide receiver Chad Beebe. Chris Tomasson, Twin Cities, "Britton Colquitt says he was signed by Vikings as much for holding as punting," 2 Sep. 2019 The citizens of vibrant democracies have long had a healthy disrespect for their rulers. The Economist, "The corrupting of democracy," 29 Aug. 2019 To her surprise, the study found that bosses were particularly likely to lose their cool with stellar, high-performing employees who showed signs of disrespect. Chris Woolston, Quartz at Work, "How to deal with an abusive boss," 29 Aug. 2019 The wanton disrespect that these elected Republicans afforded to Mueller was perhaps the most alarming testament yet to Trump’s total conquest of the Party. John Cassidy, The New Yorker, "Why the Mueller Hearings Were So Alarming," 25 July 2019 By Jane Mayer Our Columnists The wanton disrespect that Republicans showed Robert Mueller was perhaps the most disturbing testament yet to Donald Trump’s total conquest of the Party. Merrill Markoe, The New Yorker, "The Exciting Real-Life Diary of Merrill Markoe: Squirrel Nurse," 25 July 2019 This is what happens with knee-jerk disrespect for police. Fox News, "Giuliani shreds de Blasio over videos of NYPD officers doused with water: ‘He’s a disgrace’," 23 July 2019

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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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30 Sep 2019

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The first known use of disrespect was in 1614

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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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