Definition of unpalatable in English:



  • 1Not pleasant to taste.

    ‘scraps of unpalatable food’
    • ‘Boredom, cold water and unpalatable food are just some of the hardships facing Paul Cleasby, who has now been in Antalya jail for approaching three weeks.’
    • ‘During the first trial, we waited until the bird ate both items to make sure that each bird at least tasted an unpalatable prey item.’
    • ‘The walnut pave is more moist than many walnut breads and free from that bitter, slightly mouldy taste that can make walnuts unpalatable.’
    • ‘Where this turn of the story tastes unpalatable is the assumption that politicians win only by using muscle power.’
    • ‘The fat intake is so low in his diet that many find the food choices inflexible and unpalatable.’
    • ‘Need a good drink recipe, or a vile and unpalatable one?’
    • ‘Whereas previously it was rather unpalatable on its own, it has improved greatly in flavour and is now versatile enough to be used in cooking.’
    • ‘In its simplest form it is quick to produce, but almost unpalatable to modern tastes!’
    • ‘Often it will have a sour, smelly, unpalatable fermentation.’
    • ‘It is unpalatable to livestock because of its bitter taste so ranchers consider it to be a noxious weed.’
    • ‘Taste for those who ate Djebo's sauce was about ingesting an unpalatable food and the social meanings or consequences that this act involved.’
    • ‘True to his words and to my amazement, he has selected some of the ones I thought were unpalatable to the taste of the Chinese authorities.’
    • ‘For those who find its bitter taste unpalatable, having it with half a spoon of honey should help.’
    • ‘If tasted at room temperature, the flavour is quite unpalatable.’
    • ‘However, if you find the taste so unpalatable that you don't drink it, then you need to do something to make it more drinkable.’
    unappetizing, uninviting, unappealing, unsavoury, off-putting, inedible, uneatable
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    1. 1.1Difficult to put up with or accept.
      ‘the unpalatable fact that many of the world's people are starving’
      • ‘Dundee United gorged themselves on a rich performance at Ibrox, but it was an afternoon which became bitterly unpalatable to Rangers.’
      • ‘Surely the world is filled with unpalatable ideas which we are none the less forced to accept.’
      • ‘And sometimes you have to choose between a range of difficult, even unpalatable, alternatives.’
      • ‘This is a very difficult pill for families to swallow, but in this as in many other such cases, we will have to accept a very unpalatable fact: peace does not come easy.’
      • ‘What was once thought difficult and unpalatable will sooner or later be absorbed into the mainstream.’
      • ‘It's an African continent too deeply locked into a historical discourse with the west to see past the rhetoric and face the unpalatable hard bitter truth.’
      • ‘What makes this practice unpalatable is the fact that the paper in question determines the future of the majority of our pupils.’
      • ‘And, unpalatable - or even downright outrageous - though it may seem, we will, eventually, have to start listening.’
      • ‘While it understandably upsets Western sensibilities, the unpalatable truth is that it has been successful in cutting the number of suicide bombers, and it is here to say.’
      • ‘Nor do we taint John Le Carre's understated brilliance with the unpalatable thought that Jeffrey Archer is forever trying helplessly to write in roughly the same genre.’
      • ‘Limits are also imposed because the public finds a technology unpalatable: nuclear power and GM food are good examples.’
      • ‘All this adds up to a nasty sense of being mired in a completely unpalatable situation.’
      • ‘But the unpalatable fact is that we do live in a different world and we have to take appropriate steps.’
      • ‘This is horrible and unpalatable stuff, which makes uncomfortable and unsettling reading.’
      • ‘The unpalatable fact is that most young ladies are simply not interested in sport, or certainly not in the boys' numbers.’
      • ‘It was a report that challenged conventional views on Zimbabwe, an unpalatable story that raises difficult questions people don't want to hear.’
      • ‘Democracy requires that the results of a properly certified vote be accepted, no matter how unpalatable the outcome.’
      • ‘How unfortunate that that the wooden tomatoes and overly bitter arugula are unpalatable.’
      • ‘In fact, the unpalatable truth is that our ocker mates are pretty damned good at everything they do.’
      disagreeable, unpleasant, displeasing, unattractive, regrettable, unwelcome, upsetting, distressing, lamentable, repugnant, nasty, horrible, dreadful, hateful, distasteful, offensive, objectionable, obnoxious, repulsive, repellent, vile, foul
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