What is respect?

  • (noun): A courteous expression (by word or deed) of esteem or regard.
    Synonyms: deference
    See also — Additional definitions below


Respect gives a positive feeling of esteem or deference for a person or other entity (such as a nation or a religion), and also specific actions and conduct representative of that esteem. Respect can be a specific feeling of regard for the actual qualities of the one respected (e.g., "I have great respect for her judgment"). It can also be conduct in accord with a specific ethic of respect. Rude conduct is usually considered to indicate a lack of respect, disrespect, whereas actions that honor somebody or something indicate respect. Specific ethics of respect are of fundamental importance to various cultures. Respect for tradition and legitimate authority is identified by Jonathan Haidt as one of five fundamental moral values shared to a greater or lesser degree by different societies and individuals.

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More definitions of "respect":

  • (noun): Behavior intended to please your parents.
    Example: "He went to law school out of respect for his father's wishes"
    Synonyms: obedience
  • (noun): Courteous regard for people's feelings.
    Example: "Out of respect for his privacy"
    Synonyms: deference, respectfulness
  • (noun): (usually preceded by 'in') a detail or point.
    Example: "It differs in that respect"
    Synonyms: regard
  • (noun): The condition of being honored (esteemed or respected or well regarded).
    Synonyms: esteem, regard
  • (noun): A feeling of friendship and esteem.
    Example: "He inspires respect"
    Synonyms: regard
  • (verb): Regard highly; think much of.
    Example: "I respect his judgement"
    Synonyms: esteem, value, prize, prise
  • (noun): An attitude of admiration or esteem.
    Example: "She lost all respect for him"
    Synonyms: esteem, regard

Famous quotes containing the word respect:

    In order to acquire a growing and lasting respect in society, it is a good thing, if you possess great talent, to give, early in your youth, a very hard kick to the right shin of the society that you love. After that, be a snob.
    Salvador Dali (1904–1989)

    A man’s real life is that accorded to him in the thoughts of other men by reason of respect or natural love.
    Joseph Conrad (1857–1924)

    The most beautiful ape is ugly when compared to a human. The wisest human will seem like an ape when compared to a god with respect to wisdom, beauty, and everything else.
    Heraclitus (c. 535–475 B.C.)