Every now and then, the concepts of respect and self-respect must be revisited, lest they be forgotten. Let's start with disrespect:
1. lack of respect; discourtesy; rudeness.
verb (used with object)
2. to regard or treat without respect; regard or treat with contempt or rudeness.
—Synonyms 1. contempt, disregard, irreverence.
Source: Dictionary.com Unabridged (v 1.1)Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2006.
tr.v. re·spect·ed, re·spect·ing, re·spects
1. To feel or show deferential regard for; esteem.
2. To avoid violation of or interference with: respect the speed limit.
3. To relate or refer to; concern.
1. A feeling of appreciative, often deferential regard; esteem. See Synonyms at regard.
2. The state of being regarded with honor or esteem.
3. Willingness to show consideration or appreciation.
4. respects Polite expressions of consideration or deference: pay one's respects.
5. A particular aspect, feature, or detail: In many respects this is an important decision.
Source: Dictionary.com. The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition. Houghton Mifflin Company, 2004. 22 Jul. 2007.
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respect for oneself and concern for one's reputation (Example: Well-known personalities should have more self-respect than to take part in television advertising.)
Source: Dictionary.com. Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary. K Dictionaries Ltd. http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/self respect