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

Megan should never disrespect our Country, the White House, or our Flag, especially since so much has been done for her & the team. Joe Nguyen, The Denver Post, "“It’s weird”: Sue Bird on Trump’s criticism of her girlfriend, USWNT star Megan Rapinoe," 2 July 2019 Like when he was kicked off the Alabama Supreme Court the first time, for disrespecting the higher courts, or the second time, for again refusing to abide by the rule of law. John Archibald | Jarchibald@al.com, al.com, "Roy Moore already won," 20 June 2019 Megan should never disrespect our Country, the White House, or our Flag, especially since so much has been done for her & the team. Alicia Delgallo, Pro Soccer USA, "Trump on Twitter: USWNT star Megan Rapinoe needs to win before saying she won’t visit White House," 3 Aug. 2018 Brockhouse, a more natural politician, spoke to everyone who felt aggrieved with the system — everyone who resented the press, who felt ignored by City Hall, who felt disrespected by the system. Gilbert Garcia, ExpressNews.com, "Nirenberg gets victory, but no mandate in San Antonio runoff," 8 June 2019 Critics have accused him of disrespecting the anthem and, by extension, the military and the American flag. Jacey Fortin, The Seattle Times, "Nike’s Kaepernick ad prompts heated sniping and vocal support," 4 Sep. 2018 Trump’s tenure has marked a low point for U.S.-Palestinian relations, with the president accusing Abbas and his Fatah leadership of disrespecting Vice President Pence, among others, by refusing to meet since the Dec. 6 embassy announcement. Anne Gearan, Washington Post, "U.S. close to releasing Mideast peace proposal that Palestinian leadership may immediately reject," 21 June 2018 On Twitter, people were quick to call out the shirt designs, specifically the rap tees, for appropriating black culture and disrespecting the legacies of Tupac and Biggie. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kendall and Kylie Jenner Face Backlash Over Their Vintage T-Shirt Collection," 29 June 2017 In an investigative report on the issue, ProPublica and NPR collected 200 stories from Black women who felt disrespected and devalued by healthcare officials. Essence.com, "Serena Williams Says Black Women Are Dying During Childbirth Because 'Doctors Aren't Listening To Us'," 6 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Otherwise, the opinion distorts our legal standards, ignores the record, and reflects utter disrespect for the careful analysis of the Mississippi courts. Essence, "SCOTUS Strikes Down Murder Conviction Of Mississippi Black Man, Finding Racial Bias In Jury Selection," 21 June 2019 There had to be a point when his language of intolerance and disrespect for dissent under the law or otherwise became too outlandish for the voters of Alabama to even consider. John Archibald | Jarchibald@al.com, al.com, "Roy Moore already won," 20 June 2019 In my opinion, one major reason for this low number is the disrespect shown to volunteers. Letters To The Editor, The Mercury News, "Letter: Create volunteer policies that are respectful and make sense," 16 June 2019 Wilder celebrations followed — but so did accusations across the globe of classlessness, lack of sportsmanship and disrespect, most notably from USA's northern rivals, ex-Canadian national team stars Clare Rustad and Kaylyn Kyle. Massimo Marioni, CNN, "US being cast as 'disgraceful' villains over Thailand thrashing is PR gold for the Women's World Cup," 12 June 2019 No disrespect to other activities, but trapshooting promotes development in students in ways other sports can't, said Dan Kent, head coach of the Marquette Hilltoppers. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: Southeastern Wisconsin youth trapshooters keep busting targets and breaking records," 8 June 2019 There's no excuse for that disrespect unless the President didn't respect them first. Bill Livingston, cleveland.com, "The Cavaliers, the Warriors, and MLK Day's 'statement' game: Bill Livingston (photos)," 15 Jan. 2018 But this anger at the media’s disrespect of Trump, as a president, is not matched by reverence for his signature legislative achievement, as a policy. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "The Democratic Party Has an ‘MSNBC Problem’," 16 May 2018 So are critiques intended to undermine your self-confidence or show disrespect for your views and feelings. Sue Shellenbarger, WSJ, "Your Lonely Child’s Path to a Happier Life," 30 Oct. 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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8 Jul 2019

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The first known use of disrespect was in 1614

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More Definitions for disrespect

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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