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[dis-ri-spekt-fuh l] /ˌdɪs rɪˈspɛkt fəl/
characterized by, having, or showing disrespect; lacking courtesy or esteem:
a disrespectful remark about teachers.
Origin of disrespectful
1670-80; dis-1 + respectful
Related forms
disrespectfully, adverb
disrespectfulness, noun
impolite, rude, impertinent, irreverent. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • They ought not to be neglected, that were disrespectful to the valued labours of the school of the American "Bureau of Ethnology."

  • Two or three disrespectful snickers followed this declaration.

    A Waif of the Mountains Edward S. Ellis
  • It would, indeed, be disrespectful in the listener not to pay intelligent heed to the discourses which emanate from the pulpit.

  • If it were not disrespectful, I should think you were making a fool of me.

  • But his companions all told him to hush, and not to be disrespectful to his elders.

    The Tale of Daddy Longlegs Arthur Scott Bailey
Word Origin and History for disrespectful

1670s; see dis- + respectful. Related: Disrespectfully.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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