AskDefine | Define respect

Dictionary Definition



1 (usually preceded by `in') a detail or point; "it differs in that respect" [syn: regard]
2 the condition of being honored (esteemed or respected or well regarded); "it is held in esteem"; "a man who has earned high regard" [syn: esteem, regard] [ant: disesteem]
3 an attitude of admiration or esteem; "she lost all respect for him" [syn: esteem, regard] [ant: disrespect]
4 a courteous expression (by word or deed) of esteem or regard; "his deference to her wishes was very flattering"; "be sure to give my respects to the dean" [syn: deference]
5 behavior intended to please your parents; "their children were never very strong on obedience"; "he went to law school out of respect for his father's wishes" [syn: obedience]
6 a feeling of friendship and esteem; "she mistook his manly regard for love"; "he inspires respect" [syn: regard]
7 courteous regard for people's feelings; "in deference to your wishes"; "out of respect for his privacy" [syn: deference, respectfulness]


1 regard highly; think much of; "I respect his judgement"; "We prize his creativity" [syn: esteem, value, prize, prise] [ant: disrespect, disrespect]
2 show respect towards; "honor your parents!" [syn: honor, honour, abide by, observe] [ant: disrespect]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • /ɹɪˈspɛkt/
  • Rhymes: -ɛkt
  • Hyphenation: re·spect


  1. an attitude of consideration or high regard
    He is an intellectual giant, and I have great respect for him.
  2. good opinion, honor, or admiration
  3. (always plural): Polite greetings, often offered as condolences after a death.
    The mourners paid their last respects to the deceased poet.
  4. a particular aspect of something
    With respect to his personal hygiene, I suggest that he shower more often.


admiration for a person or entity because of perceived merit
  • Arabic:
  • Chinese: 尊重 (zūnzhòng)
  • Czech: respekt, úcta
  • Dutch: respect, achting, eerbied
  • Finnish: kunnioitus
  • French: respect
  • German: Achtung, Respekt
  • Greek: σεβασμός (sevasmós)
  • Hungarian: vonatkozás
  • Italian: rispetto
  • Japanese: 尊敬 (そんけい, sonkei)
  • Korean: 존중 (jonjung)
  • Kurdish:
  • Lithuanian: pagarba
  • Polish: respekt, szacunek
  • Portuguese: respeito
  • Romanian: respect
  • Russian: уважение
  • Spanish: respecto
  • Swedish: respekt , aktning
  • Telugu: గౌరవం (gauravam)
  • Welsh: parch
  • Czech: ohled
  • Finnish: kunnioitus
  • French: tolérance
  • German: Respekt
  • Greek: σεβασμός (sevasmós)
  • Portuguese: tolerância
Polite greetings
a particular aspect of something


  1. to have respect for.
    She is an intellectual giant, and I respect her greatly.
  2. to have regard for the rights of others.
    I respect your right to hold this belief although I think it is nonsense.
  3. to consent to abide by an agreement.
    They failed to respect the treaty they had signed, and invaded.


Usage notes

It is possible that a confusion between the different meanings of respect affects the attitudes of people and organizations. For example, freedom of religion implies that we must respect the right of anyone to believe whatever they wish, to act within the law in accordance with their beliefs, and not to be discriminated against on account of their beliefs. However, the use of the word respect seems to have shifted our attitudes towards the quite different notion that we must behave respectfully towards their beliefs, and not criticise them. This is a restriction on freedom of speech, and is inherently hypocritical—anyone with any view on religion must necessarily believe that those who believe differently are deluded, although their rights must be respected.
The distinction between the two meanings can be shown by paraphrasing Voltaire: "I totally disrespect what you say, but absolutely respect your right to say it."


to have respect for
  • Czech: respektovat
  • Finnish: kunnioittaa
  • German: respektieren
  • Greek: σέβομαι
  • Hebrew: לכבד [leHabed]
  • Kurdish:
  • Swedish: att ha respekt för
to have regard for the rights of others
  • Czech: brát ohled
  • Finnish: kunnioittaa
  • German: respektieren
  • Greek: σέβομαι
  • Swedish: att respektera
to consent to abide by an agreement




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Derived terms

Extensive Definition

Respectfulness is the concern for a harmonious relationship with your family, friends and all other people in a society, respect should be a natural response of politeness which can not be demanded. The true identification of respectfulness values others for who they represent, with a concern not to look down onto other people. This results in the protection of someone else's personal or common values, so that opinions and persuasions do not harm the good intentions of someone else. Taking into consideration the views and desires of others and incorporating it into your decisions, i.e. being truthful to people. When you respect another, you factor in and weigh others' thoughts and desires into your planning and balance it into your decision making.
An example would be: respecting someone's opinion. You may or may not agree, but you place it into consideration, and it may ultimately influence your decision (even if partially).
In Asiatic philosophy does self-respect and respecting others deserve to be respected, this is in the same context as taking care of yourself and your environment. Respectfulness adds general reliability to social interactions, it helps people to get along with each other in society.

Language related respect

Human languages typically portray grammatical distinctions to the listener between honorific and colloquial language. These distinctions may be grammatically encoded by a regular system of verb and noun affixes. In Japan for example, language is used to show respect between children and parents or between between husband and wife. It is a part of everyday life.
Human cultures have varied ways of showing you respect by bodily actions. In many European cultures, people shake hands. In others, such as in Japan people bow at the waist when meeting.
Frequently, gender is a factor in how respect is displayed in bodily behavior. For example, women in many Western cultures traditionally curtsy, whereas men bow. The 21 gun salute (done within the military for funerals of military members and for high ranking civilians,such as a president) is a very respect-based procedure.


The general theory behind the mafia (whether fictional or non-fictional) is that most mafias in some form or another revolve heavily around the theory of respect. Where the hired men and those lower in the rank of the family are set to show "respect" to the mafioso.

Street gangs

Street gang related respect is when someone shows admiration due to either admiring views, status or possessions. Respect in criminal related gangs is said to be gained from achieving things that others would think as too dangerous or risky. This is infact an act of false virtue and sets a bad example to the majority of people and would often lead to long term prison sentence. Just remember that crime doesn't pay, so better think twice before any such actions.

Crimes of revenge

Both the U.S. and Great Britain have recently experienced a surge in "disrespect shootings", where trivial social violations lead to violence.


Aretha Franklin's single: Respect
respect in German: Respekt
respect in Spanish: Respeto
respect in French: Respect
respect in Dutch: Respect
respect in Norwegian: Respekt
respect in Portuguese: Respeito
respect in Slovak: Rešpekt
respect in Swedish: Respekt
respect in Tagalog: Paggalang
respect in Turkish: Saygı

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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