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 The incumbent, state Sen. Angela Williams, has accused candidate James Coleman of disrespecting her and also criticized the many lawmakers who are quickly lining up to endorse Coleman. Alex Burness, The Denver Post, "A Colorado statehouse race gets testy before it even starts," 19 Nov. 2019 Hong Kong is also considering making disrespecting the Chinese national anthem a crime, with prison sentences of as long as three years. Washington Post, "Why Hong Kong’s Still Protesting and Where It May Go," 6 Nov. 2019 To ensure your event doesn't accidentally disrespect Native communities, run ideas by their community leaders first. Alaa Elassar, CNN, "5 ways to honor Native Americans during National Native American Heritage Month," 2 Nov. 2019 So Sherman felt disrespected by a handshake that happened? Eric Branch, SFChronicle.com, "Richard Sherman’s illuminating final words on handshake controversy," 10 Oct. 2019 At the center of the action, as described by trial witnesses, was Mr. Guzmán, who evolved from an impoverished teenager growing poppies in front of his house in Sinaloa to a ruthless drug kingpin willing to kill anyone who disrespected him. Nicole Hong, WSJ, "What El Chapo’s Trial Revealed: The Inner Workings of a $14 Billion Drug Empire," 12 Feb. 2019 Hong Kong is also considering making disrespecting the Chinese national anthem a crime, with prison sentences of as long as three years. Washington Post, "Why Hong Kong Is Still Protesting and Where It May Go Next," 18 Sep. 2019 The man’s justification: The boy was disrespecting the national anthem that was being played by not taking off his hat. Catherine Kim, Vox, "Vox Sentences: Ohio does something," 8 Aug. 2019 Those found disrespecting the anthem can be detained for up to 15 days. Gerry Shih, The Seattle Times, "Chinese online star detained for 5 days after singing the national anthem badly," 15 Oct. 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In one photo, Doty made gestures meant to show disrespect to the Killa Ward faction, Kennedy said. Elvia Malagón, chicagotribune.com, "Veteran Chicago cop testifies about gang feud that led to 9-year-old Tyshawn Lee’s slaying," 27 Sep. 2019 No disrespect to Moore, but the Chiefs (+165) just aren’t as dynamic with him. Joe Williams, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "Chiefs-Vikings odds: Kansas City home dogs vs. Minnesota," 3 Nov. 2019 In some ways, elite disrespect for reasonable ethical norms was worse then. Wired, "Corporate America's Second War With the Rule of Law," 16 Oct. 2019 Furious at this disrespect, the sea god makes Minos’s wife, Pasiphae, go mad with desire for the bull. Amaranta Sbardella, National Geographic, "The monstrous Minotaur riveted ancient Greece and Rome," 1 Oct. 2019 Despite Jason’s egregious display of disrespect, the majority of Conrad’s friends make the traditional high school move and more or less disengage, leaving Lauren to cry while hanging up clothes. Anne T. Donahue, Marie Claire, "Heidi Montag Has Always Been the Hero of 'The Hills'," 8 July 2019 Rarely has such tacit disrespect been shown to an NFL receiving corps. Andy Benoit, SI.com, "Mason Rudolph Has the Tools, But Does He Have the Finesse?," 17 Sep. 2019 That attitude breeds impatience and boorish behavior, and lately Big Sur residents have begun speaking out about the damage and disrespect. Gregory Thomas, SFChronicle.com, "One Day, One Place: Big Sur," 6 Sep. 2019 Hansen said Gershenson indicated no disrespect was intended to have the meeting on that day. Bill Laitner, Detroit Free Press, "L. Brooks Patterson's family blasts Democrats for 'heartless power play'," 3 Aug. 2019

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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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Last Updated

25 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Disrespect.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disrespectfully. Accessed 5 December 2019.

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More Definitions for disrespect

disrespect

verb
How to pronounce disrespect (audio)

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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