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 Some employees of color spoke about feeling disrespected by white colleagues. New York Times, "How People of Color Inside the Buttigieg Campaign Sought to Be Heard," 28 Jan. 2020 Not sure if my burger is disrespecting or provoking me r/Pareidolia Daronion 3d ago 6041 points 163 comments Write to Ashley Hoffman at Ashley.Hoffman@time.com. Ashley Hoffman, Time, "This Taunting Burger Is a Horror Show No One Can Escape," 8 Nov. 2019 Even unintentional lapses can leave employees feeling disrespected. Steven P. Dinkin, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Toward more civil workplaces," 20 Oct. 2019 Aladin said Laura was disrespecting him and accused her of not paying rent. Eric Todisco, PEOPLE.com, "90 Day Fiancé: The Other Way's Aladin and Laura Split: 'I Wish Her Good Luck with Future Men'," 23 Oct. 2019 The team was 2-9 at the time, but Giants fans — loyal to Manning for his Super Bowl wins — felt he was being disrespected. New York Times, "Giants Name Daniel Jones the Starter, Sending Eli Manning to the Bench," 17 Sep. 2019 Of the five homicide victims, four were members of the Aryan Brotherhood who had violated gang rules and one was a member of another prison gang, who disrespected the Aryan Brotherhood gang, Scott said. James Queally, latimes.com, "Feds indict Aryan Brotherhood prison gang members on murder, drug and other charges," 6 June 2019 Trump said the athletes were disrespecting the flag. Michael Boren, Philly.com, "Olympic skater Adam Rippon, a Scranton native, skips White House visit," 27 Apr. 2018 Parents’ silence and passivity abet and reinforce their kids’ conduct and give free reign to disrespect and, yes, even cruelty. BostonGlobe.com, "Letters to the editor of the Boston Globe Magazine - The Boston Globe," 23 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun After a recent Friday prayer led by Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, broadcast on state television, Mr. Rouhani was caught on camera getting up to leave swiftly after the sermon, a hasty departure that many Iranians saw as a sign of disrespect. Sune Engel Rasmussen, WSJ, "Iran’s Leadership Works to Heal Rifts Opened Amid Protests, U.S. Pressure," 27 Jan. 2020 Additionally, the disrespect, anger, violent language and threats contained in many of the responses to this Q&A are, frankly, a great argument for stricter gun control. Amy Dickinson, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Ask Amy: Correcting the record on ammo and guns," 30 June 2019 No disrespect, but roboticists have got nothing on the animal kingdom. Matt Simon, Wired, "A Bionic Jellyfish Swims With Manic Speed (for a Jellyfish)," 29 Jan. 2020 With no disrespect to Bratislava, Wolves should carry out a professional job and pull away from their opponents in their group table. SI.com, "Wolves vs Slovan Bratislava Preview: Where to Watch, Live Stream, Kick Off Time & Team News," 6 Nov. 2019 Chekhov famously called his play a comedy, though its story concerns unrequited love, loss of property, cruelty, neglect, disrespect, self-destructive impulses, reckless frivolity and class warfare. Christopher Arnott, courant.com, "Review: A welcome, traditional production of Chekhov’s classic ‘Cherry Orchard’ at CT Rep," 7 Oct. 2019 Retired Detroit Red Wings forward Darren McCarty said Friday there was a strong current of disrespect from former Wings coach Mike Babcock that spared almost no one and cost the team the Stanley Cup in 2009. Carlos Monarrez, Detroit Free Press, "Darren McCarty: Mike Babcock cost Detroit Red Wings the Stanley Cup in 2009," 7 Dec. 2019 It was established in the case of LeBron v. Draymond that stepping over a guy is a provocative sign of disrespect. Scott Ostler, SFChronicle.com, "Hey, Warriors: Give Stephen Curry his team back," 6 Dec. 2019 The feeling of disrespect is increased because wages haven’t kept pace with the cost of living, and teachers are having to contribute more toward their health insurance and pension programs, Brown said. Meg Wingerter, The Denver Post, "Colorado teachers strikes reflect long funding shortfalls, feelings of disrespect," 15 Oct. 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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The first known use of disrespect was in 1614

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Last Updated

18 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Disrespect.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disrespect. Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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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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