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
Certainly, there is no organization in sports that has a more distasteful history of setting bad examples for young people than Cincinnati.
The Internet embodies everything the Amish find distasteful: electricity, frivolity, the breakdown of local community, instant Penn State football scores….
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First Known Use of distasteful
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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