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, 29 May 2018 The Republican crossover votes in Alabama could largely be attributable to distaste for Moore. Eric Bradner, CNN, 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, 10 July 2016 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Unsurprisingly, much of Black Twitter expressed distaste over such blasé routines. Shamira Ibrahi, Allure, 17 Sep. 2021 Before Americans had ever heard of Monica Lewinsky, there was distaste for the partners Bill Clinton had chosen for his philandering. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, 12 Aug. 2021 Another thread is Trump's distaste for appearing weak led him to make decisions that were often criticized by the American public. Mabinty Quarshie, USA TODAY, 20 July 2021 Earlier, prosecutor Carey Dunne anticipated the counterattack that the case was rooted in partisan distaste for the former President. Stephen Collinson, CNN, 2 July 2021 It is set in a TV station, where Sadat also got her first job, where her lead character is working on a cooking show, despite her distaste for cooking, and aspires to work in news. Anna Marie De La Fuente, Variety, 21 Sep. 2021 One of the cuisines Weingarten mocked was Indian food — praising the subcontinent for its glorious contributions to the world but joking about his distaste for curry. David Harsanyi, National Review, 24 Aug. 2021 Olivia, on the other hand, was not quiet about her distaste. Hannah Rimm, refinery29.com, 22 July 2021 But that snarky distaste did not lead to any recommendations to improve it. Matt Ford, The New Republic, 14 Sep. 2021

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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. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of distaste

: a strong feeling of not liking someone or something


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