dis·​taste | \ (ˌ)dis-ˈtāst How to pronounce distaste (audio) \
distasted; distasting; distastes

Definition of distaste

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 archaic : to feel aversion to
2 archaic : offend, displease

intransitive verb

obsolete : to have an offensive taste



Definition of distaste (Entry 2 of 2)

1a archaic : dislike of food or drink
b : aversion, disinclination a distaste for opera
2 obsolete : annoyance, discomfort

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Examples of distaste in a Sentence


“I see you still smoke,” she said with distaste. usually views abstract paintings with distaste

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Starbucks customers outside the store at the Arizona Center, Third and Van Buren Streets in downtown Phoenix, offered mixed reviews Tuesday on the company’s decision, ranging from agreement to distaste for the afternoon closure. Kimberly Rapanut, azcentral, "Phoenicians share mixed reactions to Starbucks closures for bias training," 29 May 2018 The Republican crossover votes in Alabama could largely be attributable to distaste for Moore. Eric Bradner, CNN, "How 2017's elections gave Democrats a recipe for big midterm wins," 14 Dec. 2017 As China looks ahead to a new American administration, opinions on the front-running Mrs. Clinton veer from admiration, mostly among women and civil libertarians, to distaste, mostly among male policy makers and an often nationalistic public. Didi Kirsten Tatlow, New York Times, "Hillary Clinton, as Seen Through a Chinese Prism," 10 July 2016

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Ford looks at him with a slight sense of awe, while Tench makes his distaste abundantly clear. cleveland.com, "How the same actor ended up playing Charles Manson in ‘Mindhunter’ and ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’," 23 Aug. 2019 Megan Rapinoe has been outspoken in her her distaste for President Trump. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Megan Rapinoe says her dad probably voted for Trump," 19 Aug. 2019 Bowen’s work record suggested his distaste for the mix of migrants and drug traffickers crossing the border illegally could be dangerous. A.c. Thompson, ProPublica, "“Dirtbag,” “Savages,” “Subhuman”: A Border Agent’s Hateful Career and the Crime That Finally Ended It," 16 Aug. 2019 Despite his mild distaste for the area, the Monkey Hangers' new boss worked tooth and nail to revive the ailing club, touring local pubs to raise funds. SI.com, "Brian Clough: He Wasn't the Best Manager in the Business, But He Was in the Top 1," 29 July 2019 Her distaste for the spotlight that came with being a Kennedy was articulated early on in their relationship. Adrienne Gaffney, Town & Country, "The Last Days of John F. Kennedy Jr. and Carolyn Bessette Kennedy," 9 July 2019 But something about my distaste for the wines was still nagging at me. Esther Mobley, SFChronicle.com, "Is there such a thing as a timeless wine?," 8 Aug. 2019 Both Eichner and Teigen have not been coy about their distaste for the president, namely his administration’s divisive policies and poor treatment of the LGBTQ community. Los Angeles Times, "Equinox and SoulCycle backlash: Billy Eichner, Chrissy Teigen lead celeb boycott," 7 Aug. 2019 Fears of inflation and a debased dollar imply a leaning towards tighter monetary policy—and Mr Trump has made his distaste for that very clear. The Economist, "President Donald Trump is trying to fill two jobs at the Fed," 4 July 2019

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First Known Use of distaste


1592, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1


1584, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of distaste was in 1584

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English Language Learners Definition of distaste

: a strong feeling of not liking someone or something


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