Definition of


  1. (noun, cognition) (usually preceded by `in') a detail or point
  2. (noun, state) the condition of being honored (esteemed or respected or well regarded)
    a man who has earned high regard
  3. (noun, cognition) an attitude of admiration or esteem
  4. (noun, act) a courteous expression (by word or deed) of esteem or regard
    be sure to give my respects to the dean
  5. (noun, act) behavior intended to please your parents
    he went to law school out of respect for his father's wishes
  6. (noun, feeling) a feeling of friendship and esteem
    he inspires respect
  7. (noun, attribute) courteous regard for people's feelings
    out of respect for his privacy
  8. (verb, cognition) regard highly; think much of
    We prize his creativity
  9. (verb, social) show respect towards

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Antonyms of Respect


Origin of the word Respect

  1. c.1300, from L. respectus "regard," lit. "act of looking back at one," pp. of respicere "look back at, regard, consider," from re- "back" + specere "look at" (see scope (1)). The verb is 1542, from the noun. Meaning "treat with deferential regard or esteem" is from 1560; respectable "worthy of respect" is from 1586 (implied in respectedmore

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