- unpleasant, offensive, or causing dislike: a distasteful chore.
- unpleasant to the taste: a distasteful medicine.
- showing distaste or dislike.
Origin of distasteful
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1. disagreeable, displeasing; repugnant, repulsive. 2. unpalatable, unsavory.
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Examples from the Web for distasteful
Distasteful those ads might be, but restrictions on political speech should be exercised with great deliberation and caution.Is Big Money Politics an Overblown Evil?
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Activist Larry Kramer claims Barbra finds gay sex ‘distasteful.’Streisand’s Gay Sex Problem, and the Death of the Gay Icon
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The automatic-trigger cuts—the last major sticking point on Sunday—would be designed to be distasteful to both parties.Debt Deal: The Tea Party Edition
July 31, 2011
It used to be that we loved rich people; then recently we came to find them distasteful, or at least wasteful.Why We Despise Sex and the City
May 31, 2010
Personally, I find this story too distasteful to delve too deeply into it.I Just Can't Hate John Edwards
January 21, 2010
The task now imposed upon him was a most distasteful and unwelcome one.Brave and Bold
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
They had, somehow, a distasteful, puzzling piece of work cut out for them.The Prisoner
- unpleasant or offensive
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Word Origin and History for distasteful
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