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

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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

Their distaste for the president is seeping into their 2018 voting intentions as well. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "A quick game of quarters," 27 July 2018 Young's character in the film is most famous for her exquisite taste–and her distaste for her son Nick's new Chinese-American girlfriend, Rachel Chu, played by Globes Best Actress nominee, Constance Wu. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Michelle Yeoh Wore the Crazy Rich Asians Engagement Ring to the Golden Globes," 7 Jan. 2019 Some directors welcomed the new voice, even if Garden could prove abrasive at times, while others on the board were blunt in declaring their distaste for him. Thomas Gryta And Ted Mann, WSJ, "GE Powered the American Century—Then It Burned Out," 14 Dec. 2018 Cyrus, who has been vocal about her distaste for President Trump, even managed to add a political touch in her open love letter to Liam. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Miley Cyrus Wrote the Most Romantic Message to Liam Hemsworth for His Birthday," 14 Jan. 2019 Calls to #DeleteFacebook are understandable, and indicative of the growing distaste for the company and state of affairs, but deleting your account will do little to solve the sprawling issue. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Facebook Was Never Really For You," 19 Dec. 2018 Solid & Striped launched with men's swimsuits after founder Isaac Ross, a man with a business background and a distaste for flashy prints, had trouble finding the sort of dependable prep styles that every man is entitled to. Kerry Pieri, Harper's BAZAAR, "Brand Watch: A Bathing Suit Brand with a Retro Soul," 15 Mar. 2014 His attacks have invited comparisons to President Donald Trump’s remarks against the media, and highlighted Silicon Valley billionaires’ broader distaste for criticism. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "Elon Musk Criticizes Media by Tweeting Link to Article With Ties to Sex Cult," 27 May 2018 Conventional wisdom has it that part of Netflix’s difficulty in earning an Oscar in one of the top five categories comes from the film industry’s distaste for streaming services. Keith Phipps, The Verge, "The company’s ongoing bid for awards legitimacy is a terrific boon for its subscribers," 3 Dec. 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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English Language Learners Definition of distaste

: a strong feeling of not liking someone or something


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