respect

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English respect, from Old French respect, also respit ("respect, regard, consideration"; > respite), from Latin respectus (a looking at, regard, respect), perfect passive participle of respiciō (look at, look back upon, respect), from re- (back) + speciō (look at).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ɹɪˈspɛkt/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ɛkt
  • Hyphenation: re‧spect

Noun[edit]

respect (countable and uncountable, plural respects)

  1. (uncountable) an attitude of consideration or high regard
    He is an intellectual giant, and I have great respect for him.
    we do respect people for their dignity and worth.
  2. (uncountable) good opinion, honor, or admiration
  3. (uncountable, always plural) Polite greetings, often offered as condolences after a death.
    The mourners paid their last respects to the deceased poet.
  4. (countable) a particular aspect of something
    This year's model is superior to last year's in several respects.

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  • Adjectives often applied to "respect": great, high, utmost, absolute

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Verb[edit]

respect (third-person singular simple present respects, present participle respecting, simple past and past participle respected)

  1. to have respect for.
    She is an intellectual giant, and I respect her greatly.
  2. 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.
  3. to abide by an agreement.
    They failed to respect the treaty they had signed, and invaded.
  4. To take notice of; to regard as worthy of special consideration; to heed.
    • Shakespeare
      Thou respectest not spilling Edward's blood.
    • Francis Bacon
      In orchards and gardens, we do not so much respect beauty as variety of ground for fruits, trees, and herbs.
  5. (transitive, dated except in "respecting") To relate to; to be concerned with.
    • J. Lee
      Glandulation respects the secretory vessels, which are either glandules, follicles, or utricles.
  6. (obsolete) To regard; to consider; to deem.
    • Ben Jonson
      To whom my father gave this name of Gaspar, / And as his own respected him to death.
  7. (obsolete) To look toward; to face.
    • Sir Thomas Browne
      Palladius adviseth, the front of his house should so respect the South []

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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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respect

  1. (Jamaica) hello, hi

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Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From French

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respect n (uncountable)

  1. respect

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Latin respectus. Compare the doublet répit.

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respect m (plural respects)

  1. respect

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Romanian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From French respect, Latin respectus.

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respect n

  1. respect, consideration, deference, esteem, regard

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