A martial arts student shows respect for his teacher.
- Respect means a feeling or show of honor or esteem for someone or something.
An example of respect is the feeling a student has about a great teacher.
- Respect is defined as to feel or show esteem or honor for someone or something.
- An example of respect is being quiet in a cathedral.
- An example of respect is truly listening to someone speak.
- An example of respect is walking around, rather than through, protected wilderness.
- to feel or show honor or esteem for; hold in high regard
- to consider or treat with deference or dutiful regard
- to show consideration for; avoid intruding upon or interfering with: to respect others' privacy
- to concern; relate to
Origin of respectfrom Classical Latin respectus, past participle of respicere, to look at, look back on, respect from re-, back + specere, to look at: see spy
- a feeling of high regard, honor, or esteem: to have respect for a great artist
- the state or condition of being held in honor or esteem: to have the respect of one's sons
- deference or dutiful regard: respect for the law
- consideration; courteous regard: to have respect for the feelings of others
- [pl.] courteous expressions of regard: now chiefly in pay one's respects, to show polite regard by visiting or presenting oneself
- a particular point or detail: right in every respect
- reference; relation: with respect to the problem
Origin of respectME respecte < L respectus, a looking at, respect, regard: pp. used as n.
in respect of
- A feeling of appreciative, often deferential regard; esteem: I have great respect for your work. See Synonyms at regard.
- The state of being regarded with honor or esteem: a leader held in the greatest respect.
- a. Consideration or appreciation: Can't you at least give me some respect?b. Due regard for something considered important or authoritative: respect for the law.
- A particular aspect, feature, or detail: In many respects this is an important decision.
- Usage Problem Relation; reference. See Usage Note at regard.
transitive verbre·spect·ed, re·spect·ing, re·spects
- To feel or show deferential regard for; esteem or admire: All the other scholars respect her.
- a. To avoid interfering with or intruding upon: Please respect my privacy.b. To avoid violating: I respected the speed limit throughout the trip.
- To relate or refer to; concern: As respects the rights of land owners, this law says nothing.
Origin of respectFrom Middle English regard from Old French from Latin respectus action of looking back at, regard from past participle of respicere to look back at, regard re- re- specere to look at ; see spek- in Indo-European roots.
(countable and uncountable, plural respects)
- (uncountable) an attitude of consideration or high regard
- He is an intellectual giant, and I have great respect for him.
- Syngman Rhee kept imprisoned the Dowager Queen Yun Empress Sunjeong of the Korean Empire for fear of the respect the people held for her.
- (uncountable) good opinion, honor, or admiration
- (uncountable, always plural) Polite greetings, often offered as condolences after a death.
- The mourners paid their last respects to the deceased poet.
- (countable) a particular aspect of something
- This year's model is superior to last year's in several respects.
(third-person singular simple present respects, present participle respecting, simple past and past participle respected)
- to have respect for.
- She is an intellectual giant, and I respect her greatly.
- to have regard for something, to observe a custom, practice, rule or right
- I respect your right to hold that belief, although I think it is nonsense.
- to abide by an agreement.
- They failed to respect the treaty they had signed, and invaded.
- To take notice of; to regard as worthy of special consideration; to heed.
- (dated except in "respecting") To relate to; to be concerned with.
It is possible that a confusion between the different meanings of respect affects the attitudes of people and organizations. For example:
- The freedom of religion implies that we must respect protect 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.
- Changes in the use of the word respect seems to have shifted our attitudes towards the quite different notion that we must behave respectfully politely towards their beliefs, and not criticize 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 observed.
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."
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