disrespect : Common Errors in English

About disrespect

The hip-hop subculture has revived the use of “disrespect” as a verb. In the meaning to have or show disrespect, this usage has been long established, if unusual. However, the new street meaning of the term, ordinarily abbreviated to “dis,” is slightly but significantly different: to act disrespectfully, or—more frequently—insultingly toward someone. In some neighborhoods “dissing” is defined as merely failing to show sufficient terror in the face of intimidation. In those neighborhoods, it is wise to know how the term is used; but an applicant for a job who complains about having been “disrespected” elsewhere is likely to incur further disrespect . . . and no job. Street slang has its uses, but this is one instance that has not become generally accepted.

disrespect Meaning(s)

  • (n) an expression of lack of respect
  • (n) a disrespectful mental attitude
  • (n) a manner that is generally disrespectful and contemptuous
  • (v) show a lack of respect for
  • (v) have little or no respect for; hold in contempt

disrespect in News

  1. House Republican Leadership Tested on Anti-Abortion Bill

    An abortion-ban vote in the U.S. House and the sponsor’s comment about rape are opening Republican congressional leaders, most of whom are men, to fresh criticism from Democrats that they disrespect women.
    on June 18, 2013 Source: Bloomberg

  2. 'Food Network Star' recap: Strike three, Danushka's out

    "Food Network Star" fans, take note: You can disrespect the audience, but not an Iron Chef.
    on June 18, 2013 Source: Los Angeles Times

  3. Disrespect to veterans

    Re: Jerry Wilder’s June 13 letter, “Veterans benefits”: It is disrespectful to all Vietnam veterans to still be downgraded by those that have no idea of what these men and women went through and are still going through today.
    on June 17, 2013 Source: Ventura County Star

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