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



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

Other Words from disrespect


disrespectful \ ˌdis-​ri-​ˈspekt-​fəl How to pronounce disrespect (audio) \ adjective
disrespectfully \ ˌdis-​ri-​ˈspekt-​fə-​lē How to pronounce disrespect (audio) \ adverb
disrespectfulness noun

Examples of disrespect in a Sentence

Verb a comedian who shuns jokes that disrespect people because of their appearance 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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Elahi added that any responses to Rushdie or others who may disrespect religion should be expressed peacefully. Niraj Warikoo, Detroit Free Press, 20 Aug. 2022 Their willingness to see the country fractured and destroyed through political pique goes to the heart of celebrity distrust and disrespect. Armond White, National Review, 12 Aug. 2022 Not everyone will handle disrespect as graciously as Beauvais did. Elizabeth Ayoola, Essence, 7 July 2022 The man who did nothing but abuse, disrespect and ignore me suddenly wanted to talk to me all the time. Anonymous, Good Housekeeping, 20 July 2022 In society, victims often belong to minority groups, emboldening those who scapegoat to disrespect and dehumanize them with less fear of repercussions. Katherine Kam, Washington Post, 19 July 2022 To fans who wear a shoulder chip like a secondary logo, this screams disrespect. The Enquirer, 2 June 2022 There is no place for imagery or references that disrespect any culture, but to drop mention of a culture so prominent in Massachusetts history may be even worse. BostonGlobe.com, 25 May 2022 But Collins’s persistence, even in the face of distrust and disrespect, felt like a lesson—not about medicine or science, but about listening to and engaging with people who, for one reason or another, remain unconvinced. Dhruv Khullar, The New Yorker, 7 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun No disrespect to the plastic quart containers ubiquitous in restaurant kitchens, but glass food storage containers won’t stain, can go straight into the oven or microwave, and are dishwasher-safe. Mackenzie Chung Fegan, Bon Appétit, 13 July 2022 No disrespect to the Bridgerton star, who is a fine actor and does a decent job here. Andy Meek, BGR, 24 July 2022 No disrespect at all, but Hervé wasn’t on my radar like that. Ingrid Schmidt, The Hollywood Reporter, 16 June 2022 No disrespect to Curacao, but none of their players are on Kevin De Bruyne’s level. Steve Price, Forbes, 1 June 2022 No disrespect to Rich Strike or anyone associated with this wonderful story, but there is simply no conventional (or unconventional) handicapping method that would have pointed in his direction. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, 8 May 2022 Chautauqua County District Attorney Jason Schmidt said Mr. Matar indicated disrespect for Mr. Rushdie during an interview this week with the New York Post. Jimmy Vielkind, WSJ, 18 Aug. 2022 Generations of industrial activity and resource extraction have polluted ancestral Indigenous lands, leading to misery, dispossession, and genocide—all stemming from a clear disrespect for kinship. Jenni Monet, Outside Online, 14 Mar. 2022 Writing in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: General in 2020, psychologists found that cynical attitudes lead to being treated disrespectfully—possibly because cynics tend to show disrespect to others, leading to a vicious cycle. Arthur C. Brooks, The Atlantic, 20 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of disrespect


1614, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1621, in the meaning defined above

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“Disrespect.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disrespect. Accessed 3 Oct. 2022.

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More Definitions for disrespect


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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