Definition of disrespect in English:



  • [mass noun] Lack of respect or courtesy.

    ‘growing disrespect for the rule of law’
    • ‘For far too long they've plundered the pockets of the citizens of this country and treated us with utter disrespect.’
    • ‘Certainly I mean no disrespect to the clubs and their core volunteers.’
    • ‘So instead of outright disrespect for the rule, I limit myself to music related sites.’
    • ‘Where are the demands for respect for the office of prime minister, and the harsh penalties for those who show disrespect?’
    • ‘This bill shows the government's disrespect for basic human rights and established legal principles.’
    • ‘I mean no disrespect to Canada's freestyle ski team, whoever they might be.’
    • ‘It will be a mark of disrespect to rip out our memorials.’
    • ‘Asking questions of one's teacher is considered, traditionally, as a challenge and a sign of disrespect.’
    • ‘No disrespect to the lads who play in the reserves but I'm 30 and don't need the technique work any more.’
    • ‘No disrespect to Mrs Griggs, but she doesn't actually live here.’
    • ‘For some, that is through a lack of understanding, and I pay no disrespect to people who do not understand the issue.’
    • ‘These attempts achieved nothing other than to generate international disrespect for Australia as a nation.’
    • ‘Anyone who shows disrespect to Chen and Lu is showing disrespect to Taiwan.’
    • ‘They've all taken it in good part, though, and they realise that it's just a bit of fun and that no disrespect to them or their homeland is intended.’
    • ‘Racist abuse and harassment as well as other forms of cultural disrespect were the most common form of incident reported.’
    • ‘No disrespect intended, but under a hat, your sticking-out hair gives you the look of a clown…’
    • ‘These are guys with a very healthy disrespect for all rules, regulations and policemen.’
    • ‘Figures reveal that the most common complaint against the force is currently rudeness and disrespect.’
    • ‘But such utter disrespect and scandalous behavior never marked those debates.’
    • ‘If you make a global show of disrespect for your country, the global community in return will grow disrespect for you.’
    discourtesy, rudeness, impoliteness, incivility, unmannerliness, lack of respect, lack of civility, ungraciousness, irreverence, lack of consideration, bad manners, ill manners
    contempt, lack of respect, scorn, disregard, disdain, opprobrium
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[WITH OBJECT]North American
  • Show a lack of respect for; insult.

    ‘a young brave who disrespects his elders’
    • ‘And how, given that I do view these and many other cultures with contempt, am I supposed to provide them with respect, without disrespecting my own views?’
    • ‘‘I cannot, as leader of our party and the government caucus, tolerate behavior that demeans and disrespects others,’ Martin said.’
    • ‘No one disrespected an elder, and no one so much thought of attacking one without more than ample reason.’
    • ‘As long as you're not disrespecting someone who's a fellow respected pro skater then you can't really worry about it.’
    • ‘Instead of respect, you will start disrespecting anybody and everybody.’
    • ‘Yet, at the same time the play presents male characters who dominate scenes by disrespecting both young and old female members of the community.’
    • ‘I cannot see him disrespecting another young woman.’
    • ‘This administration disrespects the truth, because they have a different credo.’
    • ‘It has to do with respecting yourself and not disrespecting the game.’
    • ‘I often feel like stopping someone in mid-sentence and saying to them that I feel insulted and disrespected by their language.’