dis·​taste·​ful | \ (ˌ)dis-ˈtāst-fəl How to pronounce distasteful (audio) \

Definition of distasteful

1a : objectionable because offensive to one's personal taste : unpleasant, disagreeable found the job distasteful a shady, distasteful character
b : objectionable because in poor taste, inappropriate, or unethical a harmless stroking … but it seems oddly distasteful in retrospect— Richard Sandza et al.
2 : unpleasant to the taste distasteful unripe fruit

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Other Words from distasteful

distastefully \ (ˌ)dis-​ˈtāst-​fə-​lē How to pronounce distastefully (audio) \ adverb
distastefulness noun

Examples of distasteful in a Sentence

The work was distasteful, but it was the best I could find at the time. It was a distasteful subject to him.
Recent Examples on the Web For his part, van Beek said Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic — and the U.S. president’s statements about the science that could mitigate it — is also distasteful to Europeans. Nate Carlisle, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Some scholars see Trump years adding to problems abroad for LDS Church," 29 Sep. 2020 His distasteful numbers brought a demotion Sept. 9 to the alternate training site in Toledo. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, "Why Christin Stewart's struggles with Detroit Tigers is a sign of a bigger problem," 27 Sep. 2020 Netflix isn’t offered in mainland China and so hasn’t yet racked up the reputation for complying with distasteful content diktats that Hollywood has. Jane Li, Quartz, "Netflix’s “Three-Body Problem” has to figure out how to not be the next “Mulan”," 25 Sep. 2020 But deactivate old accounts with on-the-fence postings or distasteful photos. Mika Brzezinski, NBC News, "Mika's Know Your Value pandemic reset: Tidy up your social presence," 16 Sep. 2020 The film’s five monologues, which feel like a series of high-resolution YouTube clips, are tied together with snippets of the president’s distasteful one-liners (including the infamous line from the Access Hollywood tape). Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "The Dangerous Naïveté of Coastal Elites," 12 Sep. 2020 But many activists found the line distasteful, with one person comparing it to a slave auction. Bradford Betz, Fox News, "South Carolina art museum pulls 'Wear Their Names' jewelry named after police brutality victims," 10 Sep. 2020 There’s a single common thread in these distasteful vignettes, and only one obvious solution: ban yachts. Kate Aronoff, The New Republic, "Ban Yachts," 21 Aug. 2020 Each of these options has profound—and, to some physicists, distinctly distasteful—implications. Zeeya Merali, Scientific American, "This Twist on Schrödinger’s Cat Paradox Has Major Implications for Quantum Theory," 17 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of distasteful

1607, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Distasteful.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/distasteful. Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of distasteful

: not pleasant or enjoyable
: morally offensive


dis·​taste·​ful | \ dis-ˈtāst-fəl How to pronounce distasteful (audio) \

Kids Definition of distasteful

: unpleasant a distasteful subject

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