distasteful

adjective
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

The new YouTube guidelines and rules surrounding offensive and distasteful content have been seen as unclear to many, as YouTubers big and small have their content demonetized or flagged (sometimes incorrectly so) by YouTube's system. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "YouTube finally hands down punishment to creator for posting dead body video," 11 Jan. 2018 But that doesn’t mean it’s not distasteful, crass and bad for the republic. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "Fox News Power Rankings: A more competitive map," 14 May 2018 His close ties to Wall Street were also distasteful to those on the left. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Michael Bloomberg's Net Worth Ranks Him Among the World's Top Billionaires," 26 Jan. 2019 There was always something distasteful about Amazon’s quest to find a home for its HQ2. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Amazon’s HQ2 stunt could come back to haunt it," 14 Nov. 2018 Among soccer purists, the prospect of playing on turf ranges from distasteful to dangerous. Rachel Bachman, WSJ, "Major League Soccer Final Showcases Real Growth, Fake Grass," 7 Dec. 2018 All the tinsel and commercialism may be distasteful: The excessive and superrich food and drink; the fatigue leading to a really bad cold; the sense of nameless disappointment. Harper's BAZAAR, "How To Cope With Holiday Loneliness," 25 Dec. 2014 Jalopnik, a website covering automobiles and other forms of transportation, was among those that found the campaign distasteful, however. Fredrick Kunkle, Washington Post, "Domino’s is ‘saving pizza’ one pothole at a time," 11 June 2018 Michael Feldberg, a lawyer representing Mr. Silver, argued that the actions of the former Lower Manhattan legislator may have been distasteful but didn’t constitute corruption. Corinne Ramey, WSJ, "Ex-N.Y. Assembly Speaker Silver’s Graft Trial Heads to Jury," 10 May 2018

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First Known Use of distasteful

1607, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of distasteful was in 1607

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distasteful

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of distasteful

: not pleasant or enjoyable
: morally offensive

distasteful

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

Kids Definition of distasteful

: unpleasant a distasteful subject

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