dis·​taste | \(ˌ)dis-ˈtāst \

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


“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

That means at least 21 percent of GOP voters approve of Trump's performance despite their distaste for his tweeting. Callum Borchers, Washington Post, "Republican voters say 2 to 1 that Trump’s Twitter habit hurts his presidency instead of helping it," 22 Jan. 2018 Of late, the music industry has flirted with the idea of thrift, but Drake is a showman with a distaste for restraint: Scorpion, his fifth solo effort, embraces immoderation, a two-disc, 25-track affair that runs an obnoxious 90 minutes in full. Jason Parham, WIRED, "With Scorpion, #DrakeSZN Is Back—as Overwrought as Ever," 2 July 2018 Despite that distaste for bankers’ paperwork, the Trump Organization still obtained loans in this period from Deutsche Bank. Washington Post, BostonGlobe.com, "Trump borrowed, borrowed, borrowed — then he turned to cash," 6 May 2018 Mickelson and Woods have warmed up to each other after years and years of, to put it kindly, an respectful distaste for one another. Daniel Rapaport, SI.com, "Report: Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson Planning $10 Million, Winner-Take-All Match," 6 July 2018 Asking someone to leave an obscure restaurant over distaste for their employer pales to insignificance when compared to the national divisiveness of, say, 1964-74. SFChronicle.com, "A long tradition: Americans behaving badly," 5 July 2018 Mickelson’s burning distaste for nearly every U.S. Open setup in the reign of USGA Executive Director Mike Davis. Tod Leonard, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Mickelson made dumb decision, but USGA's U.S. Open setup is a joke," 16 June 2018 Sherman, who despised Jews, abolitionists, Mexicans, Indians and journalists, reserved particular distaste for blacks. Harold Holzer, WSJ, "Burning Down the South," 7 June 2018 Patrick Melrose, Showtime Benedict Cumberbatch in 'Patrick Melrose' SHOWTIME This adaptation of the semi-autobiographical novels by Edward St. Aubyn brings to the screen unaltered the author’s distaste for Britain’s idle rich. Daniel D'addario, Time, "Best TV Shows of 2018 So Far," 30 May 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of distaste

: a strong feeling of not liking someone or something


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