Definition of unpalatable in English:



  • 1Not pleasant to taste.

    ‘scraps of unpalatable food’
    • ‘If tasted at room temperature, the flavour is quite unpalatable.’
    • ‘In its simplest form it is quick to produce, but almost unpalatable to modern tastes!’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Taste for those who ate Djebo's sauce was about ingesting an unpalatable food and the social meanings or consequences that this act involved.’
    • ‘For those who find its bitter taste unpalatable, having it with half a spoon of honey should help.’
    • ‘The walnut pave is more moist than many walnut breads and free from that bitter, slightly mouldy taste that can make walnuts unpalatable.’
    • ‘Need a good drink recipe, or a vile and unpalatable one?’
    • ‘It is unpalatable to livestock because of its bitter taste so ranchers consider it to be a noxious weed.’
    • ‘Often it will have a sour, smelly, unpalatable fermentation.’
    • ‘The fat intake is so low in his diet that many find the food choices inflexible and unpalatable.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Where this turn of the story tastes unpalatable is the assumption that politicians win only by using muscle power.’
    unappetizing, uninviting, unappealing, unsavoury, off-putting, inedible, uneatable
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    1. 1.1 Difficult to put up with or accept.
      ‘the unpalatable fact that many of the world's people are starving’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘But the unpalatable fact is that we do live in a different world and we have to take appropriate steps.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Limits are also imposed because the public finds a technology unpalatable: nuclear power and GM food are good examples.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Surely the world is filled with unpalatable ideas which we are none the less forced to accept.’
      • ‘All this adds up to a nasty sense of being mired in a completely unpalatable situation.’
      • ‘The unpalatable fact is that most young ladies are simply not interested in sport, or certainly not in the boys' numbers.’
      • ‘And, unpalatable - or even downright outrageous - though it may seem, we will, eventually, have to start listening.’
      • ‘Democracy requires that the results of a properly certified vote be accepted, no matter how unpalatable the outcome.’
      • ‘It was a report that challenged conventional views on Zimbabwe, an unpalatable story that raises difficult questions people don't want to hear.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘What was once thought difficult and unpalatable will sooner or later be absorbed into the mainstream.’
      • ‘This is horrible and unpalatable stuff, which makes uncomfortable and unsettling reading.’
      • ‘What makes this practice unpalatable is the fact that the paper in question determines the future of the majority of our pupils.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Dundee United gorged themselves on a rich performance at Ibrox, but it was an afternoon which became bitterly unpalatable to Rangers.’
      • ‘And sometimes you have to choose between a range of difficult, even unpalatable, alternatives.’
      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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