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, 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 Biden, despite a distaste for being challenged on his foreign policy views, listened intently. Kevin Liptak, Kaitlan Collins And Jeff Zeleny, CNN, 22 May 2021 Or maybe his distaste for general manager Brian Gutekunst runs so deep that Rodgers will remain dug in and never come back to Green Bay. Rob Reischel, Forbes, 23 May 2021 Justice Thomas has previously expressed his distaste for that format. Lawrence Hurley And Andrew Chung, The Christian Science Monitor, 14 May 2021 Is Allie a good man, underneath his violent distaste for the American Dream, a victim of some legal hypocrisy? BostonGlobe.com, 28 Apr. 2021 After Bulger’s death, some who knew Geas or were familiar with his case described him as having a distaste for informants. Stephanie Pagones, Fox News, 17 May 2021 Academicians and regulators who want such treasures placed in museums, or preserved in situ, have a profound distaste for someone profiting from a discovery. Kim Kavin, Robb Report, 25 Apr. 2021 Lukashenko might have avoided such a joke in 2019, when his distaste for Putin’s desire to implement a 1998 union treaty inclined him to rehabilitate diplomatic ties with the U.S. Joel Gehrke, Washington Examiner, 26 Mar. 2021 Brown shows how this scion of presidents made a philosophy of history out of his failure and his distaste for the moneymen and industrialists whose power waxed as that of the founding families waned. Katherine A. Powers Washington Post, Star Tribune, 19 Feb. 2021

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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 20 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of distaste

: a strong feeling of not liking someone or something


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