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[dis-ri-spekt] /ˌdɪs rɪˈspɛkt/
lack of respect; discourtesy; rudeness.
verb (used with object)
to regard or treat without respect; regard or treat with contempt or rudeness.
Origin of disrespect
1605-15; dis-1 + respect
1. contempt, disregard, irreverence. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for disrespect
  • Parents who show such disrespect for their children are likely to wind up breeding contempt for themselves.
  • Yes, less is joining the company of who and me in disrespect.
  • disrespect would be to allow the sites to be destroyed, to stand against the customs and wishes of the local culture.
  • For me this is a sign of weakness, disrespect and bad communication.
  • But ours is a tradition of eccentricity and earthly pleasures and a healthy disrespect for the powers that be.
  • Since my article about the disrespect handed to the phrase science fiction, two interesting developments, both in one night.
  • He managed to escape a worse punishment for his disrespect by enlisting in the army and making military newsreels.
  • Laughing is one thing, but complete disrespect is something else entirely.
  • Invasions of white-owned farms, human-rights violations and blatant disrespect for the rule of law persist.
  • To pretend otherwise, even for a moment, would be to disrespect my heroes.
British Dictionary definitions for disrespect


contempt; rudeness
(transitive) to show lack of respect for
Derived Forms
disrespectful, adjective
disrespectfully, adverb
disrespectfulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for disrespect

1610s (v.), 1630s (n.), from dis- + respect. Related: Disrespected; disrespecting.

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