disrespect

verb
dis·re·spect | \ ˌdis-ri-ˈspekt \

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 \-fəl \ adjective
disrespectfully \-fə-lē \ 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

Cardi B and Selena aren't the only famous people of color who have been disrespected by salespeople in recent memory. Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "Cardi B Claims People at High End Stores Treat Her “Sh*tty” Before They Recognize Her," 18 May 2018 Following Trump’s rescinding the invitation for the Eagles to visit the White House on the grounds that NFL players disrespect the country by kneeling during the national anthem, the media peppered Jenkins with questions about the issue. Jean Palmieri | Wwd, latimes.com, "Super Bowl champion Malcolm Jenkins on football and fashion," 10 July 2018 Some of that was because the rejection came wrapped in the usual bed of lies, with Trump falsely claiming that Eagles’ players had disrespected the military by kneeling during the National Anthem (that kneeling never happened). Will Bunch, Philly.com, "I wanted Carson Wentz to go to the White House to teach Trump about leadership | Will Bunch," 5 June 2018 Kourtney, confused at why her mom is so obsessed with MJ’s whereabouts, thinks her mom is disrespecting her privacy. Mariah Smith, The Cut, "Who’s the Healthiest Kardashian Sister?," 8 Jan. 2018 Romo said Taylor had disrespected him and the Rays June 6 by stealing a base in the sixth inning of a lopsided game. John Shea, SFChronicle.com, "Could Giants, other teams be cautious at trade deadline because of luxury tax?," 30 June 2018 The culture wars ensure that more or less everyone feels disrespected by someone. The Economist, "After decades of triumph, democracy is losing ground," 14 June 2018 The president weighed in against black athletes taking a stand, and many people who joined him argued that the players were disrespecting the military. Jerry Large, The Seattle Times, "As in King’s time, civil-rights progress still requires fighting lies and promoting truth," 12 Jan. 2018 Expecting the next group just to slot into the top 10, even with a big-time recruiting class coming in, is almost disrespecting the work put in by the recent teams. Mike Jensen, Philly.com, "Donte DiVincenzo, Omari Spellman decisions make for real challenges ahead for Villanova," 31 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The rejection did not seem like an act of disrespect. Aaron Carter, Philly.com, "Manheim Township beats La Salle to claim historic lacrosse title," 9 June 2018 If, as Steelers owner Art Rooney mentioned on Wednesday, linking arms is a sign of disrespect, then are Jerry Jones and Shad Khan and Christopher Johnson not patriots? Conor Orr, SI.com, "The Anthem Policy: Another Signature Moment for Roger Goodell and the Blundering NFL," 24 May 2018 But plenty of politicians betray an unspoken disrespect for their constituents. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump’s North Korean Propaganda Reveals His Contempt for Democracy," 13 June 2018 Refusing to honor the flag in a way that Trump and his supporters insist upon does not indicate disrespect for our veterans. Dahleen Glanton, chicagotribune.com, "In new national anthem policy, the NFL tramples on First Amendment," 28 May 2018 Here's a look at some of the disrespect from national websites: SI.com's Chris Johnson has No. Dave Clark, Cincinnati.com, "Upset watch: Some 'experts' pick Georgia State over UC Bearcats, Gonzaga over Xavier," 13 Mar. 2018 The beat would only get such disrespect if an actual emergency occurred. refinery29.com, "The Finale Return Of Pauly D’s "Stalker" Proves How Much Jersey Shore Has Grown," 29 June 2018 In the weeks following the speech, Brennan took aim at many facets of Trump’s presidency — his exit of the Iran deal, his blind loyalty to Israel, his disrespect of alliances, his vicious anti-immigrant rhetoric. Mattathias Schwartz, New York Times, "A Spymaster Steps Out of the Shadows," 27 June 2018 What faced him on the other side was snobbery and disrespect. The Economist, "Michael Martin (Lord Martin of Springburn) died on April 29th," 3 May 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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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 \

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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