• WordNet 3.6
    • adj distasteful highly offensive; arousing aversion or disgust "a disgusting smell","distasteful language","a loathsome disease","the idea of eating meat is repellent to me","revolting food","a wicked stench"
    • adj distasteful not pleasing in odor or taste
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Distasteful Manifesting distaste or dislike; repulsive. "Distasteful looks."
    • Distasteful Offensive; displeasing to the feelings; disagreeable; as, a distasteful truth. "Distasteful answer, and sometimes unfriendly actions."
    • Distasteful Unpleasant or disgusting to the taste; nauseous; loathsome.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • distasteful Nauseous; unpleasant or disgusting to the taste; hence, offensive in general.
    • distasteful Indicating distaste, dissatisfaction, or dislike; repulsive; malevolent.
    • distasteful Synonyms Unpalatable, unsavory, disagreeable.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Distasteful nauseous to the taste: unpleasant:
    • adj Distasteful (Shak.) indicating distaste
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  • Francis Bacon
    “Prosperity is not without many fears and distastes; adversity not without many comforts and hopes.”
  • William Hazlitt
    “Old friendships are like meats served up repeatedly, cold, comfortless, and distasteful. The stomach turns against them.”
  • Kahlil Gibran
    “If you cannot work with love but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work.”


In literature:

He wanted to win, but he was willing to lose if he must; and above all he distasted the notion of a limit.
"The President" by Alfred Henry Lewis
But pity or praise from any man had been distasteful to him.
"Phineas Redux" by Anthony Trollope
In England they were less popular, even if better attended, the subject chosen having been distasteful to many.
"Thackeray" by Anthony Trollope
Publicity is extremely distasteful to the lady who has been so terribly injured.
"Swirling Waters" by Max Rittenberg
And Blue Jeans was at no pains to hide his distaste.
"Winner Take All" by Larry Evans
Nothing is so distasteful to a priest as freedom: a happy, exuberant, fearless, self-sufficient and radiant man he both feared and abhorred.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great - Volume 12" by Elbert Hubbard
But that idea of tying himself down to a household was in itself distasteful to him.
"Can You Forgive Her?" by Anthony Trollope
It was characteristic that he found the prelections on philosophy and logic specially tedious and distasteful.
"The Youth of Goethe" by Peter Hume Brown
But here we can put to the test how far Napier's expressions of distaste for the service affected his conduct.
"Victorian Worthies" by George Henry Blore
Spontaneous distaste should take the place of right and wrong.
"Fantasia of the Unconscious" by D. H. Lawrence

In poetry:

Art in thine own esteem a beast,
And dost thyself abhor?
The more thou hast of self-distaste,
Thy Husband loves the more.
"The Believer's Jointure : Chapter II." by Ralph Erskine
Does love to him make thee distaste
Thy lusts, with all their charms?
And most them loath'st, when most thou hast
Thy Husband, in thine arms?
"The Believer's Jointure : Chapter II." by Ralph Erskine
But left me with a deep distaste
For common speech, that still did seem
More meaningless than mountain waste,
Less human than the far-off stream.
"The Door Of Humility" by Alfred Austin
Or is there some too sharp distaste
In all this quivering green and gold?
Something that makes bare boughs yet barer,
And the eye's pure delight the rarer?
"From Wear To Thames" by John Freeman
She? no, her weakness: she unbraced
Among those athletes fronting storms!
The muscles less of steel than paste,
Why, they of nature feel distaste
For flash, much more for push, of arms.
"To Colonel Charles (Dying General C.B.B.)" by George Meredith
THE youth exerted ev'ry art to please;
But all in vain: he only seemed to teaze:
Whate'er he said, however nicely graced,
Ill-humour, inexperience, or distaste,
Induced the belle, unlearned in Cupid's book;
To treat his passion with a froward look.
"The Little Bell" by Jean de La Fontaine

In news:

WEDNESDAY OCT 29 US House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-West Chester) used an appearance at an Oxford bar and grill today to demonstrate his foul mouth and also a distaste for Barack Obama's voting record.
"I'm surprised you even got in the door with that," said Lana, the cafeteria director at the school where I work, eyeing with obvious distaste the giant jug of greenish Gatorade I was carrying.
Agency Theater Collective presents this musical about three strangers who come together in mutual distaste for the holiday season.
Think Romney's welfare attack ad is just a distasteful blip on the screen.
ArtiSans Label founder Michael J Filson developed a distaste for major labels when he was in the band Mojo Filson.
My unflagging admiration for the enormity of her vocal prowess was continually tainted by my distaste for her implacable penchant for histrionic razzle-dazzle.
It's causing problems for at least one man in Britain who claims the book is distasteful.
This is voter suppression that all of us as Americans should find distasteful and unacceptable.
As Erum Ikramullah prepared to head to Reagan National Airport on Thursday for a flight, she mulled over two distasteful choices: the body scanner or the pat-down.
About 70% of job applicants find interviews distasteful.
His distaste for the process of debating was obvious.
John Milem, the Vancouver activist who challenged the state's new voting district boundaries, also expressed distaste for the way former state Sen Joseph Zarelli, R-Ridgefield, left office.
Like most white guys with an innate distaste for golf and Miracle Whip, I've desperately wanted to be black or Latino at various times.
And just as Supreme expressed his distaste for the video of Six Year-Old, Albert Roundtree Jr from South Florida… I cannot believe it either and I don't understand.
Fortunately, the rabbits and deer find these tender morsels distasteful.

In science:

The disappointing computational profile of Monte Carlo integration seems to have inspired a distaste for randomized approaches within the scientific computing community.
Finding structure with randomness: Probabilistic algorithms for constructing approximate matrix decompositions
In our modern view, Maxwell’s displacement current is no longer the artificial and awkward device found so distasteful by the anti-Maxwellians.
Lorenz's electromagnetic theory of light
But if we consider the quantum version of the model, we find ourselves in the somewhat distasteful situation of having quadratically divergent radiative corrections to the Higgs doublet mass parameter.
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