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

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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, "Phoenicians share mixed reactions to Starbucks closures for bias training," 29 May 2018 The Republican crossover votes in Alabama could largely be attributable to distaste for Moore. Eric Bradner, CNN, "How 2017's elections gave Democrats a recipe for big midterm wins," 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, "Hillary Clinton, as Seen Through a Chinese Prism," 10 July 2016 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Long before the outbreak, Mr. Trump had repeatedly shown his distaste for joining multilateral initiatives – on trade, on climate change, and on Iran’s nuclear program, for example. Peter Ford, The Christian Science Monitor, "Power shift: How America’s retreat is reshaping global affairs," 26 June 2020 Part of the users’ distaste of the rebranding might be attributed to the lack of explanation on the nuances and context of the George Floyd protests and racial issues in Chinese media. Jane Li, Quartz, "“This is nuts”: the backlash to the rebranding of “Black person toothpaste” in China," 23 June 2020 The phrase echoes the language of a Miami police chief in 1967 who made clear his distaste for civil rights activists. William Cummings, USA TODAY, "'You sound completely barking mad': Piers Morgan, Giuliani trade insults over Trump's George Floyd tweet," 4 June 2020 The president reiterated his distaste for the protests. Mike Jones, USA TODAY, "NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell responds to players' request for league support in fight against racism," 5 June 2020 Motorola phones are a tough sell lately, given the company's notorious distaste for shipping timely updates and the lack of NFC across the budget lineup. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Motorola’s sub-$200 Moto G Fast and Moto E pack modern designs, big batteries," 5 June 2020 For many, distaste for President Trump mixed with surprise at images of U.S. police violence. Rachel Pannett, WSJ, "George Floyd’s Death in U.S. Sparks Outcry Abroad," 2 June 2020 When the Games concluded, however, researchers noticed that more Hong Kongers expressed ambivalence, even distaste, toward Chinese citizenship. Suzanne Sataline, The Atlantic, "The Challenge to China From Hong Kong's 'Sense of Country'," 21 May 2020 Nonetheless, politicians’ bipartisan distaste for inversions, in which U.S. companies merge with foreign firms and then take offshore tax addresses, stands to underscore the issue. Laura Davison, Bloomberg.com, "Firms That Left U.S. to Cut Taxes Could Qualify for Fed Aid," 15 May 2020

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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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The first known use of distaste was in 1584

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“Distaste.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/distaste. Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of distaste

: a strong feeling of not liking someone or something


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