Definition of distasteful
1a : objectionable because offensive to one's personal taste : unpleasant, disagreeable found the job distasteful a shady, distasteful characterb : 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
distastefullyplay \-fə-lē\ adverb
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 of distasteful from the Web
The act represents much that Republicans find distasteful, from government mandates that require individuals to have health coverage to subsidies viewed by many as a new entitlement.
This might manifest in their reaction to a particularly distasteful loss.
Instagram had to hire contractors to comb through spam and gross comments to teach the machine-learning system to recognize patterns and identify whether potential comments are junk or distasteful.
The idea is inaccurate and distasteful to the ears.
Various advertisers in the U.S. have faced backlash in recent months over ads that consumers have perceived to be distasteful.
Jenner's humor was less well-received online, where people found the joke to be distasteful and inappropriate.
Simplicity and directness in music then was distasteful unless radically stripped down to the monomaniacal focus of Philip Glass or Steve Reich.
Arrests of social media users whose posts are deemed distasteful have continued under the administration of Nobel Peace Prize winner Ms. Suu Kyi.
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DISTASTEFUL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of distasteful for English Language Learners
: not pleasant or enjoyable
: morally offensive
DISTASTEFUL Defined for Kids
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