The quality of being supreme.
Power over all others.
When used with a designation for a particular group, the assertion that the group in question is superior to or should rule over others.
(uncountable) an attitude of consideration or high
- He is an intellectual giant, and I have great respect for him.
(uncountable) good opinion, honor, or admiration
(uncountable, always plural) Polite greetings, often offered as condolences after a death.
- we do respect people for their dignity and worth.
(countable) a particular aspect of something
- The mourners paid their last respects to the deceased poet.
- This year's model is superior to last year's in several respects .
* Adjectives often applied to "respect": great, high, utmost, absolute
* (attitude of consideration) deference, consideration, regard, fealty
* (good opinion) admiration, esteem, reverence, regard, recognition, veneration, honor
* (aspect) aspect, facet, face, side, dimension
* disrespect (note: also has verb meaning)
* final respects
* in many respects
* last respects
* with respect to
to have respect for.
to have regard for something, to observe a custom, practice, rule or right
- She is an intellectual giant, and I respect her greatly.
to abide by an agreement.
- I respect your right to hold that belief, although I think it is nonsense.
To take notice of; to regard as worthy of special consideration; to heed.
- They failed to respect the treaty they had signed, and invaded.
* Francis Bacon
- Thou respectest not spilling Edward's blood.
To relate to; to be concerned with.
* J. Lee
- In orchards and gardens, we do not so much respect beauty as variety of ground for fruits, trees, and herbs.
(obsolete) To regard; to consider; to deem.
* Ben Jonson
- Glandulation respects the secretory vessels, which are either glandules, follicles, or utricles.
(obsolete) To look toward; to face.
* Sir Thomas Browne
- To whom my father gave this name of Gaspar, / And as his own respected him to death.
- Palladius adviseth, the front of his house should so respect the South
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. "
* disrespect (note: also has noun meaning)