• WordNet 3.6
    • n distastefulness the quality of being offensive
    • n distastefulness extreme unpalatability to the mouth
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n distastefulness Disagreeableness to the taste, in any sense.
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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:

Antonyms: inappetency, indifference, aversion, distaste.
"Putnam's Word Book" by Louis A. Flemming
Meanwhile, with a shrinking distaste, she had tried to avoid the personal discussion of the matter with Fanny.
"The Testing of Diana Mallory" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
He marvelled that no one else had developed the same distaste.
"The Tidal Wave and Other Stories" by Ethel May Dell
It was merely a distaste for ceremonies and observances, she strenuously assured herself, that had grown upon her during these ten days.
"Clementina" by A.E.W. Mason
Ashe felt a movement of distaste, almost of disgust.
"The Marriage of William Ashe" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
Until this minute it was the very element in American life she had found most distasteful.
"The Street Called Straight" by Basil King
Most of the great tribe of Malacoderms among beetles are distasteful to insect-eating animals.
"Darwinism (1889)" by Alfred Russel Wallace
Of course she had heard of that, she said with an accent of distaste.
"The Brimming Cup" by Dorothy Canfield Fisher
Howat Penny experienced a strong sense of distaste, almost depression, at the other's silent proximity.
"The Three Black Pennys" by Joseph Hergesheimer
King Vrihadratha then came to feel a great distaste for worldly pleasures.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 1"

In poetry:

—I started through me at her plight,
So suddenly confessed:
Dismissing late distaste for life,
I craved its bleak unrest.
"Her Immortality" by Thomas Hardy
God does from all his sons demand
The earliest produce of the land,
But, with abhorrence and distaste,
Rejects the second, and the last.
"Advice To A Youth" by Rees Prichard
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
What is this weary world; this meat and drink,
That chains us by the teeth so fast?
What is this woman-kinde, which I can wink
Into a blacknesse and distaste?
O show thy self to me,
Or take me up to thee!
"Home" by George Herbert
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:

In her recent article about the presidential debate, Cynthia Tucker is so self- absorbed in distasteful vitriol that if Romney were to become president, I dare say she might move to a "democratic-leaning" nation.
Barea was flattened, and even the announcers commented on how distasteful it was.
The game, which requires patrons to throw baseballs at plates held by the eight rotating caricatures , drew criticism from some tourists who felt it distasteful to use the president's likeness.
The Beatles Commence With Their One Artistic Distaster.
A British Distaste for Legacy Admissions.
On Mother Nature's distaste for the DOT, and MBTA matters.
Anderson Silva's distaste for Jon Jones fight doesn't equate.
A distaste for noisy restaurants.
Plan To Slaughter Horses For Human Consumption Is Met With Distaste .
Story overcomes distaste of coming-of-age tales.
Distaste for Obama grows in Tennessee.
Distaste widening for shark's fin soup.
Daniel Racliffe's distaste for social media.
In a letter posted on his website, Timberlake said the "silly, unsavory" and " distasteful " video was "made as a joke and not in any way in mockery.
Timberlake 'deeply sorry' for ' distasteful ' video.

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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