dis·​taste | \ (ˌ)dis-ˈtāst \
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

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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

Courtsey This distaste for anger might seem ironic to anyone who watched two candidates on both ends of the political spectrum—Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders—wildly succeed by leveraging that exact emotion. Julie Zeilinger, Marie Claire, "The Women Who Ran...and Lost," 24 Oct. 2018 Trump has displayed a particular distaste for anything that implies international cooperation: The Trans-Pacific Partnership, the Iran deal, the Paris Climate Accords, and UNESCO are just a few multilateral agreements that he’s backed out of. Jen Kirby, Vox, "Here’s why Trump threatened to pull out of a 144-year-old postal treaty," 19 Oct. 2018 The Russians were not particularly happy with the result, and their distaste for how German unification proceeded remains part of Russia’s grievance against the West today. James Goldgeier, Washington Post, "What North and South Korea can learn from German reunification," 28 Apr. 2018 Despite the aura of insincerity that some feel surrounds the governor generally, his distaste for the mayor seems entirely genuine. Ginia Bellafante, New York Times, "The Gendered Politics of Andrew Cuomo, Emasculator in Chief," 6 Apr. 2018 Following the episode, social media users took to Twitter to express their distaste with the scene. Fox News, "Seth Rogen's AMC series 'Preacher' features Nazi wearing MAGA hat in season finale," 27 Aug. 2018 And while few in the caucus share Trump’s level of distaste for the man, almost none of them want to openly cross Trump. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "The fight over renaming the Russell Senate Office Building after John McCain, explained," 29 Aug. 2018 That means at least 21 percent of GOP voters approve of Trump's performance despite their distaste for his tweeting. Callum Borchers, Washington Post, "Republican voters say 2 to 1 that Trump’s Twitter habit hurts his presidency instead of helping it," 22 Jan. 2018 Of late, the music industry has flirted with the idea of thrift, but Drake is a showman with a distaste for restraint: Scorpion, his fifth solo effort, embraces immoderation, a two-disc, 25-track affair that runs an obnoxious 90 minutes in full. Jason Parham, WIRED, "With Scorpion, #DrakeSZN Is Back—as Overwrought as Ever," 2 July 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of distaste

: a strong feeling of not liking someone or something


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