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 Sadly, the structure of our system that forces choices like this disrespects the dignity and human rights of those who do the fundamental work that keeps our society running. Dp Opinion, The Denver Post, "Letters: Governor’s pardon isn’t a miracle — it’s a first step (12/28/19)," 29 Dec. 2019 For as good as the Buckeyes and Tigers have been this season, both have tried to position themselves as disrespected underdogs. BostonGlobe.com, "“It'd be pretty cool to go back in time and take some of those teams, get the top four, and kind of do the playoff,” Swinney said Friday during the final Fiesta Bowl news conference with Ohio State coach Ryan Day. “And that’s what we have. We have a really cool setup in college football.”," 28 Dec. 2019 Rural residents complained about the bill, with some telling CNN the government was disrespecting their traditions. Jessie Yeung, CNN, "Girls in Nepal sleep in 'menstruation huts' despite ban, study finds," 10 Dec. 2019 Democrats have contended Republicans have disrespected Evers by withholding the confirmation of his entire cabinet for so long. Patrick Marley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Lawmakers to take up bills that make lemonade stands legal, sex with animals a felony," 8 Oct. 2019 Instead, the students had disrespected staff, failed to comply with rules or engaged in verbal abuse. ProPublica, "“None of the Children at the School Are Safe”," 12 Dec. 2019 Most do not hate foreigners, but many feel beleaguered and disrespected. The Economist, "The backlashWhy the arguments against immigration are so popular," 14 Nov. 2019 There's absolutely no wardrobe essential that has been more disrespected or overlooked than socks. Glamour, "Ankle Socks Are the Biggest Wardrobe Essential for Fall—And the Best Ones Are Under $15," 3 Oct. 2019 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Retired Detroit Red Wings forward Darren McCarty said Friday there was a strong current of disrespect from former Wings coach Mike Babcock that spared almost no one and cost the team the Stanley Cup in 2009. Carlos Monarrez, Detroit Free Press, "Darren McCarty: Mike Babcock cost Detroit Red Wings the Stanley Cup in 2009," 7 Dec. 2019 It was established in the case of LeBron v. Draymond that stepping over a guy is a provocative sign of disrespect. Scott Ostler, SFChronicle.com, "Hey, Warriors: Give Stephen Curry his team back," 6 Dec. 2019 The feeling of disrespect is increased because wages haven’t kept pace with the cost of living, and teachers are having to contribute more toward their health insurance and pension programs, Brown said. Meg Wingerter, The Denver Post, "Colorado teachers strikes reflect long funding shortfalls, feelings of disrespect," 15 Oct. 2019 Doncic has clearly been the team’s MVP this season, leading the Mavs in scoring in 20 of 25 games, but the likes of PF Kristaps Porzingis and SG Tim Hardaway Jr. are getting too much disrespect with this line. Joe Williams, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "Dallas Mavericks at Milwaukee Bucks odds, picks and best bets," 16 Dec. 2019 His intentions were perceived differently in Madison, where at least some of the Badgers saw it as a sign of disrespect — and used it as motivation to take it back this year. Betsy Helfand, Twin Cities, "It’s Badgers’ Axe again, and they can do what they want with it," 30 Nov. 2019 The joy Tarantino takes in torturing the torturers — the use of his beloved cinema to set right what went wrong in real life — plays on some level as disrespect to the memories of those who really did die. Ty Burr, BostonGlobe.com, "‘The Great Hack’ looks at how history was changed, and Tarantino changes history," 1 Aug. 2019 Trump’s disrespect for military code has spread throughout his government. Thomas Kolditz, Fortune, "Trump Is Violating a Key Military Rule in the Eddie Gallagher Affair—and the Military Is Suffering From It," 26 Nov. 2019 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

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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

7 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Disrespect.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disrespectfulness. Accessed 17 January 2020.

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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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