dis·​taste | \ (ˌ)dis-ˈtāst How to pronounce distaste (audio) \
distasted; distasting; distastes

Definition of distaste

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 archaic : to feel aversion to
2 archaic : offend, displease

intransitive verb

obsolete : to have an offensive taste



Definition of distaste (Entry 2 of 2)

1a archaic : dislike of food or drink
b : aversion, disinclination a distaste for opera
2 obsolete : annoyance, discomfort

Examples of distaste in a Sentence

Noun “I see you still smoke,” she said with distaste. usually views abstract paintings with distaste
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Starbucks customers outside the store at the Arizona Center, Third and Van Buren Streets in downtown Phoenix, offered mixed reviews Tuesday on the company’s decision, ranging from agreement to distaste for the afternoon closure. Kimberly Rapanut, azcentral, 29 May 2018 The Republican crossover votes in Alabama could largely be attributable to distaste for Moore. Eric Bradner, CNN, 14 Dec. 2017 As China looks ahead to a new American administration, opinions on the front-running Mrs. Clinton veer from admiration, mostly among women and civil libertarians, to distaste, mostly among male policy makers and an often nationalistic public. Didi Kirsten Tatlow, New York Times, 10 July 2016 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Milkweed tussock moth adults actually click back ultrasonically at a pursuing bat as a warning about their distaste, in case the bat already ate others and regretted it. Miri Talabac, Baltimore Sun, 21 July 2022 Dorsey has long been outspoken about his distaste for the pomp and circumstance associated with official titles. Sarah Todd, Quartz, 26 Apr. 2022 Fellow Siddons member Robbin Kelley, the head of legal affairs at DreamWorks, shared that one of Fickinger’s typical quips concerned his distaste for hot drinks. Steven Vargas, Los Angeles Times, 7 July 2022 In an Instagram post, Madonna voiced her distaste for the project. ELLE, 3 July 2022 Taylor Swift, Pearl Jam and Phoebe Bridgers are just a few that have shared their distaste for the ruling, with other artists such as Lizzo and Rage Against the Machine making pledges to donate to reproductive health organizations. Thania Garcia, Variety, 26 June 2022 Just describing himself as Palestinian isn’t an option, much to his distaste. Leslie Felperin, The Hollywood Reporter, 31 May 2022 Despite the distaste for Johnson's LIV Golf defection, veteran golf journalist Thomas Bonk saw him as a viable contender even before his first round justified the opinion. Lance Pugmire, USA TODAY, 17 June 2022 Iona’s distaste for novelty extends beyond the tracks. Erin Douglass, The Christian Science Monitor, 6 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of distaste


1592, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1


1584, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Distaste.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/distaste. Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

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