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’
    • ‘Such literatures often reveal an authorial distaste for the social types involved.’
    • ‘A distaste for meddling in free trade in art remains strong, as does our desire for visual contact with an original.’
    • ‘There was some mild distaste in his tone, which told me what he thought of the partygoers.’
    • ‘He has never in his life before done night work and has a strong distaste for it.’
    • ‘Nothing of the film remains with the viewer except the vague distaste it generates.’
    • ‘That is an extreme distaste for the patenting system as it is applied throughout the world.’
    • ‘Not liking the people you went to high school with is not peculiar, nor is a distaste for crowds.’
    • ‘Jocelyn laughed and gave Red a hug, much to the distaste of the rest of the room and Dominic.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Like many Scots youngsters, she has developed a distaste for porridge and Brussel sprouts.’
    • ‘It spilled over into a distaste for everything socially coded as male, from meat-eating to contact sports.’
    • ‘All those years of building left me with a permanent distaste for home renovations.’
    • ‘Graham, you are not the first to suggest my opinion stemmed from a distaste of boxing.’
    • ‘He also displayed a distaste or lack of appreciation for the scientific method.’
    • ‘Many view nursing homes with the same distaste as prisons and vow to avoid them at all costs.’
    • ‘The distaste was tangible across his face and he shuddered perceptibly.’
    • ‘By this time, I am a confirmed aesthete with a pronounced distaste for the great outdoors.’
    • ‘The shock of the new was superseded by a spiteful distaste for the prematurely aged.’
    • ‘As much as anything, that often seemed to be the result of a distaste for bland British and American rock music.’
    • ‘You have expressed a distaste for spiders yourself, and even the intrepid Coraline had a thing about them.’
    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.