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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
First recorded in 1605-15; dis-1 + respect
1. contempt, disregard, irreverence. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • You have treated this family with disrespect; you have been insolent to this family.

    Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
  • I hope it is no disrespect to his memory to say that he had his foibles.

  • But I wouldn't have had it handled with disrespect for all that the place is worth.

    Wilfrid Cumbermede George MacDonald
  • If you utter a syllable of disrespect to that name, I 'll fling you out of the window.

    That Boy Of Norcott's Charles James Lever
  • Just as rivers might be conciliated by honor and sacrifice, so they could be irritated by disrespect.

    Russian Fairy Tales W. R. S. Ralston
British Dictionary definitions for disrespect


contempt; rudeness
(transitive) to show lack of respect for
Derived Forms
disrespectful, adjective
disrespectfully, adverb
disrespectfulness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for disrespect

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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