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.

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The idea of all those worlds might seem extravagant or distasteful, but those aren’t respectable scientific objections. Quanta Magazine, "Where Quantum Probability Comes From," 9 Sep. 2019 Also, the timing of the meetings struck many as distasteful, coming the week of memorials marking the 18th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, which were planned in Afghanistan by Al Qaeda while the Taliban was running that country. Brian Bennett, Time, "The Downsides to President Trump's 'Dare Me' Doctrine," 10 Sep. 2019 As the first commercial post-9/11 feature, it was assailed as distasteful before its release. Tom Mashberg, New York Times, "After Sept. 11, Twin Towers Onscreen Are a Tribute and a Painful Reminder," 10 Sep. 2019 Starting fresh with a new team, stung by his distasteful reputation in Pittsburgh, Brown should have played it smart and gone quietly through training camp. Bruce Jenkins, SFChronicle.com, "Why Raiders’ decision to let Antonio Brown play is the right move," 6 Sep. 2019 The questions were at best irritants in public discourse, and largely considered to be politically incorrect, if not downright distasteful. Salman Khurshid, Quartz India, "Rumours, suspicions, fears: What Indian Muslims have battled since Independence," 26 July 2019 My actions last night were distasteful and inexcusable, and there is no place for it in the game of soccer. Pioneer Press, Twin Cities, "Minnesota United gives up two late goals, falls 5-3 to FC Dallas," 10 Aug. 2019 The question is whether any government gets to impose its views about what is moral and suppress those if finds distasteful. Jasmine Aguilera, Time, "Supreme Court Rules That 'Scandalous' and 'Immoral' Names Can Be Trademarked," 24 June 2019 Sanderson, a World Cup analyst for BeIN Sports, called it distasteful during a live broadcast. Alicia Delgallo, Pro Soccer USA, "Alex Morgan disappointed by tea celebration criticism, calls out double standard," 6 July 2019

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First Known Use of distasteful

1607, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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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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