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 distasteful (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 By midweek, however, the tide of social media sentiment appeared to turn as more of those commenting found her actions ill-informed and distasteful. Jacob Beltran, San Antonio Express-News, 11 Sep. 2021 International media have found the production similarly distasteful. Patrick Frater, Variety, 6 Sep. 2021 Now is not the time to promote excesses in lifestyles or other distasteful content. Expert Panel, Forbes, 31 Aug. 2021 While the use of personal details by Lawrence and Knausgaard is accepted in service of their art, when a woman writes, her work is deeply suspect: distasteful, narcissistic, even dangerous. Jessica Ferri, Los Angeles Times, 17 Aug. 2021 So if the article is really distasteful, is that just because the truth is? Danielle Campoamor, refinery29.com, 26 July 2021 We have been programmed to believe that being our own advocate is boastful or distasteful as women. Lauren Zajac, Forbes, 5 Mar. 2021 The Simon Wiesenthal Center called the joke malicious and anti-Semitic, and also cited media reports that Kobayashi had made distasteful remarks about disabled individuals. Washington Post, 7 July 2021 But this seems a good time to note that the current polarization of American politics -- a phenomenon that is afflicting many other countries as well -- is more than distasteful political career-building. Frida Ghitis, CNN, 1 July 2021

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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 19 Oct. 2021.

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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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