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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
First recorded in 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. 2017.
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  • "I should think Wang would like her, to put her in his Joss house," he said disrespectfully.

    In Blue Creek Caon Anna Chapin Ray
  • No, he was alone with you, and thought it safe to be disrespectfully familiar.

    The Guardian Angel Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
  • “Because they might get her unjustly and disrespectfully talked about,” said she, evasively.

    Her Mother's Secret Emma D. E. N. Southworth
  • My mother was then disrespectfully helped in and we were sent adrift.

    The Gentle Art of Cooking Wives Elizabeth Strong Worthington
  • Aren't you ashamed to speak so disrespectfully of Mr. Carmody?

    The Promise James B. Hendryx
  • I could not understand why Papa should speak of him so disrespectfully.

    Childhood Leo Tolstoy
  • If he were, he would hardly speak so disrespectfully of these batrachians.

    Birds in the Bush

    Bradford Torrey
  • For is it not deservedly, if disrespectfully, named a cabbage-head?

  • "The old girl looks as spry as ever," said Nelson disrespectfully.

    The Mission of Janice Day Helen Beecher Long
  • And yet it was very striking how once, not disrespectfully, the men laughed at him.

    At Plattsburg

    Allen French
Word Origin and History for disrespectfully



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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