Definition of disrespect in US English:



  • Lack of respect or courtesy.

    ‘growing disrespect for the rule of law’
    • ‘No disrespect intended, but under a hat, your sticking-out hair gives you the look of a clown…’
    • ‘But such utter disrespect and scandalous behavior never marked those debates.’
    • ‘These attempts achieved nothing other than to generate international disrespect for Australia as a nation.’
    • ‘It will be a mark of disrespect to rip out our memorials.’
    • ‘Certainly I mean no disrespect to the clubs and their core volunteers.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘For far too long they've plundered the pockets of the citizens of this country and treated us with utter disrespect.’
    • ‘No disrespect to the lads who play in the reserves but I'm 30 and don't need the technique work any more.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Where are the demands for respect for the office of prime minister, and the harsh penalties for those who show disrespect?’
    • ‘No disrespect to Mrs Griggs, but she doesn't actually live here.’
    • ‘These are guys with a very healthy disrespect for all rules, regulations and policemen.’
    • ‘This bill shows the government's disrespect for basic human rights and established legal principles.’
    • ‘If you make a global show of disrespect for your country, the global community in return will grow disrespect for you.’
    • ‘Racist abuse and harassment as well as other forms of cultural disrespect were the most common form of incident reported.’
    • ‘So instead of outright disrespect for the rule, I limit myself to music related sites.’
    • ‘Anyone who shows disrespect to Chen and Lu is showing disrespect to Taiwan.’
    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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[with object]North American
  • Show a lack of respect for; insult.

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