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Dogwater
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Has the word 'Disrespect' always been used as a verb such as "You shouldn't disrespect him like that" or "He was disrespected in front of his friends", or is the use as a verb a more recent event?

I know the slang 'diss'/'dissed', but always thought of 'Disrespect' as properly only a noun or adjective.

Linguistics is far from my strong suit, so please be gentle [lol]

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SkyeTisTheSeasonWynters
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The hip-hop subculture has revived the use of “disrespect” as a verb. In the meaning to have or show disrespect, this usage has been long established, if unusual.
Cite here.

I hope I answered the question correctly... [lol]

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Dogwater
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Thanks. So my take on it is that its use as a verb had fallen out of favor but has since been revived?

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Originally posted by Dogwater:
Thanks. So my take on it is that its use as a verb had fallen out of favor but has since been revived?

That's what I got out of it. In all honesty, I don't exactly understand what "this usage has been long established, if unusual" means. I assume it means it had once been used, fallen out of favor, and has been reintroduced.

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I would guess that since "respect" is a verb and the "dis-" prefix can be applies to verbs (i.e.: engage -> disengage), there is no reason for disrespect not to be a verb.

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I've heard it as a verb quite a bit (and I'm not into hip-hop at all)

e.g. "Don't disrespect the flag by dropping it".

Don't think I've ever heard "disrespected" though.

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From the OED
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Disrespect, v. trans. The reverse of to respect; to have or show no respect, regard, or reverence for; to treat with irreverence.

1614 WITHER Sat. to King, Juvenilia (1633) 346 Here can I smile to see..how the mean mans suit is dis-respected. 1633 BP. HALL Hard Texts N.T. 11 If he love the one he must disrespect the other. 1683 CAVE Ecclesiastici 231 (Basil) To honor him, and dis-respect his Friend, was to stroke a man's head with one hand, and strike him with the other. 1706 HEARNE Collect. 26 Apr., He was disrespected in Oxford by several men who now speak well of him. 1852 L. HUNT Poems Pref. 27 As if..sorrow disrespected things homely. 1885 G. MEREDITH Diana I. 257 You will judge whether he disrespects me.

As for "Disrespected":

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Hence disrespected ppl. a., -ing vbl. n.

1631 GOUGE God's Arrows i. §45. 75 A dis-respecting, despising, and vilifying of Gods mercies. 1640 H. GLAPTHORNE Ladies Privil. IV. Wks. 1874 II. 140, I meane not..To save a dis-respected life. 1791 PAINE Rights of Man (ed. 2) I. 101 Reflecting how wretched was the condition of a disrespected man. 1876 G. MEREDITH Beauch. Career III. vi. 105 Treating her..like a disrespected grandmother.

So it had a long history but seemingly died out by 1900 until revived recently.
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ottercreek
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quote:
Originally posted by Dogwater:
Has the word 'Disrespect' always been used as a verb such as "You shouldn't disrespect him like that" or "He was disrespected in front of his friends", or is the use as a verb a more recent event?

I know the slang 'diss'/'dissed', but always thought of 'Disrespect' as properly only a noun or adjective.

Linguistics is far from my strong suit, so please be gentle [lol]

Easy answer:
Prefix dis = not / opposite of
Root word = respect
Therefore disrespect is the opposite action of respect.

What you said about disrespect as a noun, sure why not?
"Disrespect will not be tolerated."
It is an uncountable mass noun.

As an adjective, it is "disrespectful."
"He is a disrespectful person."

Another adjective, passive: "disrespected"
"This man is so disrespected."

And yet another, active: "disrespecting"
"Don't be so disrespecting to the guests."

I love linguistics!

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