dis·taste·ful | \ (ˌ)dis-ˈtāst-fəl \

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 \-fə-lē \ 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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At least Hornacek was not escorted out the building after showing up for work, which was Don Chaney’s fate one distasteful Garden night during the 2003-4 season. Harvey Araton, New York Times, "Knicks Coaching Job Criteria: The Best Qualified for Losing," 12 Apr. 2018 Indeed, many players found the concept of regulating intellectual property distasteful. Jorge L. Ortiz, USA TODAY, "MLB players survey: Sounding off on umps, shifts, steroids - and whether to strike back," 28 June 2018 Some of the most distasteful tweets came from Randa Jarrar, a professor of English at Fresno State. John Kass, chicagotribune.com, "Barbara Bush, a great lady of a lost age," 18 Apr. 2018 The problem for the Kremlin is how to generate excitement in a lifeless campaign with a preordained outcome and a candidate who finds campaigning distasteful and the idea of a presidential debate unthinkable. Neil Macfarquhar, New York Times, "Victory in Russia Election Assured, Putin Seeks High Turnout," 25 Jan. 2018 And keeping a player had become even more distasteful. K.c. Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "Tim Floyd appreciative as he looks back on 40-year coaching career: 'I was really grateful to Jerry Reinsdorf'," 13 July 2018 However alarming or distasteful some of them may find President Donald Trump, most of America’s chief executives are quietly appreciative of the Republican agenda. The Economist, "Business in the Republicans’ America is flourishing, but also changing," 24 May 2018 Get our daily newsletter Admittedly, much about the tournament is distasteful. The Economist, "For all its faults, the World Cup in Russia is worth celebrating," 9 June 2018 There’s nothing more distasteful than acting up at supper, be it a dinner party or family meal. Kaitlyn Yarborough, Southern Living, "What Does It Really Mean To Have Southern Taste?," 8 June 2018

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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 \

Kids Definition of distasteful

: unpleasant a distasteful subject

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