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 jaunty tone of the movie would be utterly distasteful were Olya’s story true. Glenn Kenny, New York Times, "‘Why Don’t You Just Die!’ Review: Attempted Murder, but Make It Comedy," 20 Apr. 2020 However, an equity position may be less distasteful to taxpayers relative to other forms of financial assistance. Justin Sink, Fortune, "U.S. may take equity stake in companies that get coronavirus aid, White House advisor Kudlow says," 19 Mar. 2020 That at times gives them the distasteful task of wrestling with demonstrators clad in prayer shawls, or facing down children who shout imprecations at them. Noga Tarnopolsky, Los Angeles Times, "Ultra-Orthodox Jews hit disproportionately hard by Israel’s coronavirus outbreak," 7 Apr. 2020 For so long, the school had managed to inoculate itself from some of the more distasteful aspects of Wall Street culture. Ginia Bellafante, New York Times, "The Manhattan Private School That Tore Itself Apart," 13 Mar. 2020 In 2008, two Anchorage DJs were suspended for a distasteful remix of one of the most infamous of those. David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, "When does a newcomer become a ‘real Alaskan’? History shows it depends who you’re asking.," 17 Feb. 2020 The sole exception to all of this is Crystal, and that's largely due to an extraordinary performance by Gilpin—the one bright light in this otherwise dankly distasteful film. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Review: The Hunt is every bit as bad and offensive as we suspected," 14 Mar. 2020 Much of what has been most distasteful in the recent resurgence of nationalism in Eastern Europe, and the emergence of far-right activism across the region, has roots in the lack of a proper mourning process. Vladislav Davidzon, WSJ, "The Holocaust and Historical Memory," 30 Jan. 2020 But in an indication of how distasteful any connection to the president has become among some consumers, even those statements were not enough to stem the criticism. David Yaffe-bellany, New York Times, "A Lesson for Equinox and SoulCycle: Even Sweat Can Be Political," 9 Aug. 2019

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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 1 Jun. 2020.

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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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