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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
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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  • Having a comfortable income, he turned his thoughts to literature, and from that time all other work was distasteful.

    Madame Bovary Gustave Flaubert
  • The task now imposed upon him was a most distasteful and unwelcome one.

    Brave and Bold Horatio Alger
  • From the doorstep of the little cabin, Jimmy, chin in hand, watched our distasteful labours with insolent and melancholy eyes.

  • Any to whom this clause in the articles was distasteful might follow some other leader.

    Captain Blood Rafael Sabatini
  • What right had anyone to order another's life, to put one in hard and distasteful places!

    Helen Grant's Schooldays Amanda M. Douglas
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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