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

Synonyms for disrespect

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Examples from the Web for disrespect

Contemporary Examples of disrespect

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



contempt; rudeness


(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.

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