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distasteful

[dis-teyst-fuh l] /dɪsˈteɪst fəl/
adjective
1.
unpleasant, offensive, or causing dislike:
a distasteful chore.
2.
unpleasant to the taste:
a distasteful medicine.
3.
showing distaste or dislike.
Origin of distasteful
1600-1610
First recorded in 1600-10; distaste + -ful
Related forms
distastefully, adverb
distastefulness, noun
undistasteful, adjective
Synonyms
1. disagreeable, displeasing; repugnant, repulsive. 2. unpalatable, unsavory.
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Examples from the Web for distasteful
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  • The task now imposed upon him was a most distasteful and unwelcome one.

    Brave and Bold Horatio Alger
  • Again that distasteful expression fraught with distrust and insinuation.

    Thoroughbreds W. A. Fraser
  • Recitals were almost as distasteful as Chapter meetings or "At Homes" to his mind.

    Cap'n Dan's Daughter Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Any to whom this clause in the articles was distasteful might follow some other leader.

    Captain Blood Rafael Sabatini
  • They had, somehow, a distasteful, puzzling piece of work cut out for them.

    The Prisoner Alice Brown
British Dictionary definitions for distasteful

distasteful

/dɪsˈteɪstfʊl/
adjective
1.
unpleasant or offensive
Derived Forms
distastefully, adverb
distastefulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for distasteful
adj.

c.1600, from distaste + -ful. Related: Distastefully; distastefulness.

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