To disrespect someone is to act in an insulting way toward them. When you disrespect people, you think very little of them.

Disrespect is all about not showing respect. Actually, it's about showing the opposite of respect, by acting rude, impolite, and offensive. Talking back to your teacher is showing disrespect for her authority. Not giving up your seat to an elderly person is an act of disrespect. So is ignoring the customs and culture in a foreign country. The slang abbreviation dis comes from disrespect and means the same thing.

Definitions of disrespect

n an expression of lack of respect

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abuse, contumely, insult, revilement, vilification
a rude expression intended to offend or hurt
contemptuous laughter
language or behavior intended to mock or humiliate
contempt, scorn
open disrespect for a person or thing
depreciation, derogation, disparagement
a communication that belittles somebody or something
cheek, impertinence, impudence
an impudent statement
blasphemous language (expressing disrespect for God or for something sacred)
contempt expressed by mockery in looks or words
jeer, jeering, mockery, scoff, scoffing
showing your contempt by derision
leer, sneer
a facial expression of contempt or scorn; the upper lip curls
a contemptuous or scornful remark
put-down, squelch, squelcher, takedown
a crushing remark
befooling, stultification
derision of someone or something as foolish or absurd or inconsistent
cold water
disparagement of a plan or hope or expectation
belittling, denigration
a belittling comment
aspersion, slur
a disparaging remark
detraction, petty criticism
a petty disparagement
sour grapes
disparagement of something that is unattainable
condescension, disdain, patronage
a communication that indicates lack of respect by patronizing the recipient
calumniation, calumny, defamation, hatchet job, obloquy, traducement
a false accusation of an offense or a malicious misrepresentation of someone's words or actions
low blow
unscrupulous abuse
billingsgate, scurrility
foul-mouthed or obscene abuse
cut, stinger
a remark capable of wounding mentally
invective, vitriol, vituperation
abusive or venomous language used to express blame or censure or bitter deep-seated ill will
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content, message, subject matter, substance
what a communication that is about something is about

n a manner that is generally disrespectful and contemptuous

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discourtesy, rudeness
a manner that is rude and insulting

n a disrespectful mental attitude

esteem, regard, respect
an attitude of admiration or esteem
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attitude, mental attitude
a complex mental state involving beliefs and feelings and values and dispositions to act in certain ways

v show a lack of respect for

abide by, honor, honour, observe, respect
show respect towards
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breach, break, go against, infract, offend, transgress, violate
act in disregard of laws, rules, contracts, or promises
sin, transgress, trespass
commit a sin; violate a law of God or a moral law
blunder, boob, drop the ball, goof, sin
commit a faux pas or a fault or make a serious mistake
conflict, contravene, infringe, run afoul
go against, as of rules and laws
break the law
intrude, trespass
enter unlawfully on someone's property
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have or establish a relationship to

v have little or no respect for; hold in contempt

esteem, prise, prize, respect, value
regard highly; think much of
esteem lightly
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consider, reckon, regard, see, view
deem to be

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