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Definitions for disrespect
ˌdɪs rɪˈspɛktdis·re·spect

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. disrespect, discourtesynoun

    an expression of lack of respect

  2. disrespectnoun

    a disrespectful mental attitude

  3. contempt, disrespectverb

    a manner that is generally disrespectful and contemptuous

  4. disrespectverb

    show a lack of respect for

  5. disrespect, disesteemverb

    have little or no respect for; hold in contempt


  1. disrespectnoun

    A lack of respect, esteem or courteous behaviour.

  2. disrespectverb

    To show a lack of respect to someone or something.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Disrespectnoun

    Incivility; want of reverence; irreverence; an act approaching to rudeness.

    Etymology: dis and respect.

    Any disrespect to acts of state, or to the persons of statesmen, was in no time more penal. Edward Hyde.

    Aristotle writ a methodical discourse concerning these arts, chusing a certain benefit before the hazard that might accrue from the vain disrespects of ignorant persons. John Wilkins.

    What is more usual to warriours than impatience of bearing the least affront or disrespect? Alexander Pope.


  1. disrespect

    Contempt is a pattern of attitudes and behaviour, often towards an individual or a group, but sometimes towards an ideology, which has the characteristics of disgust and anger.The word originated in 1393 in Old French contempt, contemps, from the Latin word contemptus meaning "scorn". It is the past participle of contemnere and from con- intensive prefix + temnere "to slight, scorn". Contemptuous appeared in 1529.It is classified among Paul Ekman's seven basic emotions of contempt, anger, disgust, fear, happiness, sadness, and surprise. Robert C. Solomon places contempt on the same continuum as resentment and anger, and he argues that the differences between the three are that resentment is anger directed towards a higher-status individual; anger is directed towards an equal-status individual; and contempt is anger directed towards a lower-status individual.


  1. disrespect

    Disrespect is the act of not showing regard or consideration for the worth, dignity, or feelings of another person. It usually involves a lack of recognition of others' rights, values, and perspectives, and can be manifested through words, actions, attitudes, and even tones of voice. Essentially, it means exhibiting a lack of respect, courtesy, or acknowledgment towards someone or something.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Disrespectnoun

    want of respect or reverence; disesteem; incivility; discourtesy

  2. Disrespectverb

    to show disrespect to

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Disrespect

    dis-re-spekt′, n. want of respect: discourtesy: incivility.—v.t. (arch.) not to respect.—adjs. Disrespect′able (rare), not respectable; Disrespect′ful, showing disrespect: irreverent: uncivil.—adv. Disrespect′fully.—n. Disrespect′fulness.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of disrespect in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of disrespect in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of disrespect in a Sentence

  1. Conor McGregor:

    I was whispering in his ear, and I was speaking on that, and I said what I said, i meant no disrespect to nobody of the LGBT community. I did n’t mean no disrespect.

  2. Elaine Tan:

    A blacklist order (has been issued) against the identified foreign nationals, One of the grounds, anchored on the interest of public safety, is when a foreign national shows disrespect or makes offensive utterances to symbols of Philippine authority.

  3. Patrick Rosenello:

    My biggest concern is complete and utter disrespect that he has shown to the first responders, the firemen, the police, for him to just completely disrespect the efforts that they put forth this past weekend, it's unconscionable.

  4. Gloria Allred:

    I am outraged that in 2014 this rape victim has been treated with such disrespect, What has happened in New Orleans is a national scandal.

  5. from an official Japanese guide for English-speaking drivers, 1936:

    1. At the rise of the hand of the policeman, stop rapidly. Do not pass him or otherwise disrespect him. 2. If pedestrian obstacle your path, tootle horn melodiously. If he continue to obstacle, tootle horn vigorously and utter vocal warning such as "Hi, Hi." [...] 5. Beware of greasy corner where lurk skid demon. Cease step on, approach slowly, round cautiously, resume step on gradually.

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