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 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 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 Glenn, the Peñasquitos Town Council president, said Tuesday that her group would never want to disrespect another community. David Garrick, San Diego Union-Tribune, 9 June 2021 Certainly, others in the community would likely oppose efforts to rename streets viewing such moves as an erasure of the past, disrespect to their heritage or just too inconvenient. Dana Brownlee, Forbes, 25 May 2021 Our homes should be our sanctuary, and no one has the right to abuse your privacy or disrespect your husband’s need for peace and quiet. Washington Post, 24 May 2021 In many ways, the real catastrophe is how non-seriously a scientist can fundamentally disrespect another field to thoroughly and get away with it. Ethan Siegel, Forbes, 18 May 2021 Fans hung banners outside their teams’ stadiums, and lawmakers took to the airwaves to denounce the rebels for their greed and disrespect toward soccer’s traditions. New York Times, 22 Apr. 2021 My intent wasn’t to disrespect the game, my intent wasn’t even for the damn ball to go inbounds. Tom Withers, ajc, 28 Apr. 2021 Make no mistake, corporations and their leaders should not disrespect the diverse views of their customers and employees by bowing down to the peer pressure from celebrities, prominent business associations, and the radical Left. Paul Bedard, Washington Examiner, 13 Apr. 2021 There are law enforcement officers who disrespect the humanity of African Americans. Damon Lynch Iii, The Enquirer, 8 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun If bullying and disrespect are prevalent within an organization, bringing people back to the office very likely will be more detrimental unless the leaders address these behaviors simultaneously. Kathy Miller Perkins, Forbes, 3 June 2021 And sometimes the emotion is inextricable from the business problem, as when a colleague’s disrespect damages your rapport and thus your productivity. Washington Post, 3 June 2021 There are people around you, or platforms, or pundits who are exploiting the conflict for their own ends, that can really accelerate that disrespect. Stephen Humphries, The Christian Science Monitor, 19 May 2021 What looks like disrespect to you may be affectionate playfulness to her and your son. Annie Lane, oregonlive, 14 May 2021 What looks like disrespect to you may be affectionate playfulness to her and your son. cleveland, 14 May 2021 No one questioned her disrespect and divisive behavior. Star Tribune, 21 Jan. 2021 No disrespect to Martin Scorsese's fancy Paris train. Leah Greenblatt, EW.com, 27 May 2021 No disrespect to some of the other high school marching bands, who may have fired up later in the route, but the units from Murphy and Blount tore it up from the very first stretch of Church Street. al, 22 May 2021

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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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Time Traveler for disrespect

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The first known use of disrespect was in 1614

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Last Updated

14 Jun 2021

Cite this Entry

“Disrespect.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disrespect. Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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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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