in (very) bad/poor taste


: rude or insulting : offensive
I think the joke he told was in (very) bad/poor taste.

Examples of in (very) bad/poor taste in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Though Pacino's portrayal of a Cuban refugee turned gangster is in poor taste, his brazen, simmering energy and willingness to go over the top is a perfect match for De Palma's vicious, neatly unhinged vision for Tony and his crew. Eric Farwell,, 27 Oct. 2023 Given that there has been such a level of destruction, have raves been moving into some of these spaces that have been damaged by bombing, or is that purely seen as something to be restored? AL: No, that would be in bad taste. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, 21 Dec. 2023 But the scenes came off not as revolutionary or revelatory, but as clichéd, exploitative and in poor taste. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, 26 Sep. 2022 Some say that visitors will be using resources such as accommodations, clean water and food that locals need right now, and that vacationing is in bad taste given the devastation and grief Lahaina is facing. Justine McDaniel and Maham Javaid, Anchorage Daily News, 16 Aug. 2023 What once played as liberating bad-taste comedy now just seems in bad taste, clueless or (even worse) intentional. Ty Burr, Washington Post, 15 Aug. 2023 At the end of the presentation, during the question-and-answer period, one of my classmates spoke up to vehemently say that this appeal to a captive audience was in very bad taste, and in no way belonged at the event. Miss Manners | Judith Martin, Anchorage Daily News, 8 Aug. 2023 Viewers expressed their opinions about the clue on social media, with many calling it disrespectful and in poor taste. Corin Cesaric, Peoplemag, 15 Nov. 2022 McKinnon said the decision to approve a commercial involving a race car three weeks after residents called out such productions was in poor taste. Gregory Yee, Los Angeles Times, 23 Sep. 2022 See More

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“In (very) bad/poor taste.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

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