Catholic Dictionary




Esteem for someone or something, arising out of special regard for that object because of his, her, or its excellence. More properly it refers to persons, and it refers to things only because of the persons with whom they are associated. It implies a deference to the one respected and to that extent a sense of inferiority in the one who has or shows respect. (Etym. Latin respectus, a looking at, by or with a regard; relation, proportion; from respicere, to look at, look back upon.)