Definition of disrespect in English:

disrespect

noun

  • Lack of respect or courtesy.

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

[WITH OBJECT]North American
informal
  • Show a lack of respect for; insult.

    ‘a young brave who disrespects his elders’
    • ‘I cannot see him disrespecting another young woman.’
    • ‘I often feel like stopping someone in mid-sentence and saying to them that I feel insulted and disrespected by their language.’
    • ‘Yet, at the same time the play presents male characters who dominate scenes by disrespecting both young and old female members of the community.’
    • ‘Instead of respect, you will start disrespecting anybody and everybody.’
    • ‘‘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.’
    • ‘It has to do with respecting yourself and not disrespecting the game.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘This administration disrespects the truth, because they have a different credo.’

Pronunciation

disrespect

/ˌdisrəˈspekt/