Definition of distaste in English:



  • [in singular] Mild dislike or aversion:

    ‘Harry nurtured a distaste for all things athletic’
    [mass noun] ‘his mouth twisted with distaste’
    • ‘By this time, I am a confirmed aesthete with a pronounced distaste for the great outdoors.’
    • ‘Graham, you are not the first to suggest my opinion stemmed from a distaste of boxing.’
    • ‘As much as anything, that often seemed to be the result of a distaste for bland British and American rock music.’
    • ‘Nothing of the film remains with the viewer except the vague distaste it generates.’
    • ‘You have expressed a distaste for spiders yourself, and even the intrepid Coraline had a thing about them.’
    • ‘He has never in his life before done night work and has a strong distaste for it.’
    • ‘Jocelyn laughed and gave Red a hug, much to the distaste of the rest of the room and Dominic.’
    • ‘That is an extreme distaste for the patenting system as it is applied throughout the world.’
    • ‘He also displayed a distaste or lack of appreciation for the scientific method.’
    • ‘If the view was bleak it was also of its time and being recognised as such only added to the general distaste which greeted the film.’
    • ‘Not liking the people you went to high school with is not peculiar, nor is a distaste for crowds.’
    • ‘There was some mild distaste in his tone, which told me what he thought of the partygoers.’
    • ‘Like many Scots youngsters, she has developed a distaste for porridge and Brussel sprouts.’
    • ‘The distaste was tangible across his face and he shuddered perceptibly.’
    • ‘All those years of building left me with a permanent distaste for home renovations.’
    • ‘A distaste for meddling in free trade in art remains strong, as does our desire for visual contact with an original.’
    • ‘It spilled over into a distaste for everything socially coded as male, from meat-eating to contact sports.’
    • ‘The shock of the new was superseded by a spiteful distaste for the prematurely aged.’
    • ‘Such literatures often reveal an authorial distaste for the social types involved.’
    • ‘Many view nursing homes with the same distaste as prisons and vow to avoid them at all costs.’
    dislike, disfavour, disdain
    repugnance, disgust, revulsion, contempt, antipathy, odium, hatred, loathing, detestation, execration, abomination, horror
    disinclination towards, aversion to, disapproval of, disapprobation of, displeasure with, dissatisfaction with, discontent with
    disrelish, repellence, repellency
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Late 16th century: from dis- (expressing reversal) + taste, on the pattern of early modern French desgout, Italian disgusto. Compare with disgust.