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disrespect

verb dis·re·spect \ ˌdis-ri-ˈspekt \
Updated on: 22 Nov 2017

Definition of disrespect

transitive verb
1 : to lack special regard or respect for : to have disrespect (see 2disrespect) for
  • disrespects authority
2 : to show or express disrespect or contempt for : insult, dis
  • disrespected the officer

Examples of disrespect in a Sentence

  1. a comedian who shuns jokes that disrespect people because of their race or ethnicity

  2. the player once again disrespected fans by refusing to sign autographs

Recent Examples of disrespect from the Web

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First Known Use of disrespect

1614


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disrespect

noun

Definition of disrespect

: low regard or esteem for someone or something : lack of respect
  • treating a teacher with disrespect
  • meant no disrespect to you

disrespectful

play \-fəl\ adjective

disrespectfully

play \-fə-lē\ adverb

disrespectfulness

noun

Examples of disrespect in a Sentence

  1. The student treated the teacher with disrespect.

  2. I'm sorry. I meant no disrespect.

  3. He showed a shocking disrespect for authority.

Recent Examples of disrespect from the Web

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First Known Use of disrespect

1621


DISRESPECT Defined for English Language Learners

disrespect

verb

Definition of disrespect for English Language Learners

  • : to say or do something that shows a lack of respect for (someone or something)


disrespect

noun

Definition of disrespect for English Language Learners

  • : speech or behavior which shows that you do not think someone or something is valuable, important, etc. : lack of respect


DISRESPECT Defined for Kids

disrespect

noun dis·re·spect \ ˌdis-ri-ˈspekt \

Definition of disrespect for Students

: lack of respect : discourtesy She never treated her family with disrespect.

disrespectful

adjective

disrespectfully

\-fə-lē\ adverb


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