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

Noun “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 Greenhalgh says she was born with an insatiable appetite for academic challenges—and a distaste for following the rules. Ellen Ruppel Shell, Science | AAAS, "Act now, wait for perfect evidence later, says ‘high priestess’ of U.K. COVID-19 masking campaign," 15 Oct. 2020 More recent players have spoken of a special distaste for the song. Chuck Carlton, Dallas News, "Tom Herman says he’s encouraged team to sing ‘The Eyes of Texas,’ school song has not divided Longhorns," 13 Oct. 2020 The couple did not mention Mr. Trump by name, but Meghan has shared her distaste for Mr. Trump in the past. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Trump says he's "not a fan" of Meghan Markle after she and Harry urge Americans to vote," 24 Sep. 2020 This is consistent with the distaste Utahns demonstrated for the Legislature’s tax reform that would have increased the sales tax on food, cut income taxes, ended some sales tax exemptions and reduced Utahns’ total tax liability. Zoi Walker, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Report: Utahns would rather raise taxes for specific benefits than cut services," 1 Sep. 2020 Despite Trump's distaste for the guidance, Redfield said Thursday on CNN the CDC will not revise its guidance for reopening schools. Wyatte Grantham-philips, USA TODAY, "Can Trump do that? FAQ on CDC guidelines, federal funding for schools during coronavirus," 9 July 2020 Lightfoot noted her own personal distaste for smoking. Gregory Pratt, chicagotribune.com, "Chicago aldermen adopt ban on sale of flavored vaping products," 9 Sep. 2020 That’s a line of attack that echoes his distaste for U.S. entanglements abroad, including the 2003 invasion of Iraq, and eagerness to draw down U.S. deployments overseas. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, "Trump’s embrace of the military gets awkward," 8 Sep. 2020 Negative partisanship — where your preference is less about what your own group stands for and more about your distaste for the other group — is something kids can be taught to avoid. Gail Cornwall, Good Housekeeping, "The Right Way to Talk About Politics With Your Kids, According to Experts," 24 Aug. 2020

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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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“Distaste.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/distaste. Accessed 25 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of distaste

: a strong feeling of not liking someone or something


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