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


“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

The effect of the voting this week was to not only authorize a strike but to also register union members’ distaste for the supermarkets’ current contract offer. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Southern California grocery workers say yes to a strike if contract talks stall," 26 June 2019 Cameroon's players and staff reacted with wild distaste, though their protests fell on deaf ears. SI.com, "Women's World Cup Roundup: England See Off Hostile Cameroon as France Leave it Late Against Brazil," 23 June 2019 While her mother shared her distaste for the KKK, her sister Jo Lynne and brother-in-law Garland were Klan members. Oline Cogdill, sun-sentinel.com, "Book review: Klan in the family in Lori Roy’s ‘Gone Too Long’," 20 June 2019 Great Britain needs a serious leader who can heal its deepening divisions — not a fickle charm artist with a distaste for detail. Sahil Handa, National Review, "If It’s ‘Time for Boris,’ the Clock Has Stopped Working," 17 June 2019 The test this November is whether California voters’ distaste for President Trump exceeds their disdain for their own state’s progressive leadership. Allysia Finley, WSJ, "California Democrats Test the Limits of Anti-Trumpism," 19 Oct. 2018 But privately, foreign diplomats have confided that the biggest problem with the agreement is the visceral distaste the President harbors towards anything that his predecessor achieved. Stephen Collinson, CNN, "World holds breath for Trump's Iran deal decision," 8 May 2018 Few things unite German politicians more than distaste for Donald Trump. Yaroslav Trofimov, WSJ, "Germany’s Multilateralist Talk Isn’t Always Matched by Its Deeds," 2 May 2019 And let’s be even more thankful that after years of a mutual distaste, these two legends have engaged in a first-class détente, as evidenced by their playing a—gasp!—practice round together at Augusta. Daniel Rapaport, SI.com, "FORE Questions: Breaking Down the New PGA Tour Schedule," 12 July 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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