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

Hey, don’t blame the NFL if one or two rogue teams allow their players to disrespect America. Scott Ostler, San Francisco Chronicle, "Will NFL owners cop out or ride the freedom train on anthem protests?," 7 May 2018 The environment in which your boys are growing up is unhealthy because they are being encouraged to disrespect women. Abby, Houston Chronicle, "Pregnant worker fears reprisal from 'boys club' management," 1 Feb. 2018 In the notes, Zahau described being disrespected by her boyfriend’s two older children and hated by his two ex-wives. Lyndsay Winkley, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Messages on Rebecca Zahau's phone paint picture of troubled woman, investigators say," 15 Mar. 2018 This is an appeal for some perspective: the former Atletico Madrid striker is undoubtedly one of the Premier League's greatest ever strikers, and should not be disrespected and underestimated in such a way. SI.com, "FanView: Why it's Essential That Man City Keep Hold of True Premier League Great Sergio Aguero," 14 Feb. 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

After a while, the patterns have clearly emerged, and the sheer accumulation of the disrespect, passive-aggressive behavior, belittlement, and outright exclusion has taken a serious toll. Bridget Read, Vogue, "There’s a Lot of Drama Going Down in the Miss America Pageant," 21 Aug. 2018 Given Addison’s comments to reporters and on social media, at least one member of the Panthers’ front four plans to play the disrespect card. Joseph Person, charlotteobserver, "Is a Panthers defensive line with 3 Pro Bowlers and Julius Peppers underappreciated?," 12 July 2018 Employees at both establishments told a reporter the young men pose no threat or disrespect; neither would give their name. Peter Hermann, Washington Post, "Tensions rise between D.C. police, group that gathers in Northeast neighborhood," 28 June 2018 Ocasio-Cortez’s win has not yet dulled that disrespect, said Lears. Yohana Desta, HWD, "The Establishment Didn’t Think Ocasio-Cortez Could Win—But This Documentary Filmmaker Did," 29 June 2018 Statewide, suspensions for disruption and disrespect are greater than any other categories except fights. Lauren Lumpkin, baltimoresun.com, "Baltimore schools punish black girls more frequently, NAACP study finds," 28 June 2018 The friendship between our two peoples will not be tainted by disrespect and excessiveness. Ralph Ellis, CNN, "Trump angers France and Britain with his NRA speech," 5 May 2018 An unknown man at the beginning of a speech decided to walk up to the front of the audience with his tablet, videotaping the audience and the students causing disruption to the audience and disrespect to the ceremony and its participants. Noelle Devoe, Seventeen, "Students Walk Out After School Director Makes Racist Remark at Graduation Ceremony," 12 May 2015 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

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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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