verb (used with object)
- respectability politics,
- to visit in order to welcome, greet, etc.: We paid our respects to the new neighbors.
- to express one's sympathy, especially to survivors following a death: We paid our respects to the family.
Origin of respect
Examples from the Web for respects
Fraternities are almost as old as the United States and they are, in some respects, synonymous with it.
But she respects grit and determination, in allies and opponents alike.The Valerie Jarrett I Know: How She Saved the Obama Campaign and Why She’s Indispensable|Joshua DuBois|November 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
On Sunday one of its halls teemed with activists, some of them former political prisoners, paying their respects.Hope and Change? Burma Kills a Journalist Before Obama Arrives|Joshua Carroll|November 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Now to compare ISIS radicals and Ferguson looters is not to say that they are the same in all respects.Dinesh D’Souza: Ferguson Protesters Are Just Like ISIS|Olivia Nuzzi|August 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Earlier that day one of the visitors payer her respects at the Kucherenko house could not stop crying.“Bring Our Boys Home!” Say the Wives of Ukraine’s Soldiers|Anna Nemtsova|August 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
However, we are already sufficiently acquainted with his sentiments in these respects.The Life of Philip Melanchthon|Karl Friedrich Ledderhose
I have chosen Johansen to be my companion, and he is in all respects well qualified for that work.Farthest North|Fridtjof Nansen
To that I would qualify, provided an opportunity were given me to make sure that she is, in all respects, as other vessels are.The Red Rover|James Fenimore Cooper
But occasional acts of drunkenness, if the seaman in other respects performs his duty, will not deprive him of his wages.The Seaman's Friend|Richard Henry Dana
On the other hand the problem has in some respects become easier since the time of Bentham.
Word Origin for respect
"expressions or signs of esteem, deference, or compliment," 1610s; see respect (n.). Earlier (late 14c.) as "aspects, particular respects."
late 14c., "relationship, relation; regard, consideration," from Old French respect and directly from Latin respectus "regard, a looking at," literally "act of looking back (or often) at one," noun use of past participle of respicere "look back at, regard, consider," from re- "back" (see re-) + specere "look at" (see scope (n.1)). Meanings "feeling of esteem excited by actions or attributes of someone or something; courteous or considerate treatment due to personal worth or power" are from 1580s, as is sense of "point, particular feature."
1540s, "to regard," from Middle French respecter "look back; respect; delay," from Latin respectere, frequentative of respicere (see respect (n.). Meaning "treat with deferential regard or esteem" is from 1550s. Sense of "refrain from injuring" is from 1620s. Meaning "have reference to" is from 1560s. Related: Respected; respecting.
To respect the person was "show undue bias toward (or against) based on regard for the outward circumstances of a person;" hence respecter of persons, usually with negative, from Acts x:34, in the 1611 translation.
see in regard (respect) to; pay a call (one's respects); with all due respect.