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verb (used with object)
  1. to regard or treat without respect; regard or treat with contempt or rudeness.

Origin of disrespect

First recorded in 1605–15; dis-1 + respect

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Historical Examples of disrespect

  • 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


  1. contempt; rudeness
  1. (tr) to show lack of respect for
Derived Formsdisrespectful, adjectivedisrespectfully, adverbdisrespectfulness, noun
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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