Definition of distasteful in US English:



  • Causing dislike or disgust; offensive; unpleasant.

    ‘customers complained about the distasteful odor’
    • ‘The public could boycott distasteful TV serials, after all they held the remote.’
    • ‘And this seems to be what the advocates of corporate philanthropy find distasteful.’
    • ‘As it is, there is something fishy, even distasteful, about the way this story has been broken.’
    • ‘If someone is unpleasant or distasteful, postings from that address can be blocked.’
    • ‘There's something a bit distasteful about the implications of much of the campaign, too.’
    • ‘For sentimental reasons some may find this treatment distasteful.’
    • ‘What to some might seem a distasteful consumer frenzy in the wake of so much human suffering is crucial to keeping our economy afloat.’
    • ‘The notion that a small group would disrupt the event for reasons of self-interest will be regarded as distasteful.’
    • ‘These guy games may seem distasteful, but it should be no secret that girls play similarly in bar situations.’
    • ‘I attended one Old Firm match in the 1970s and found it an unpleasant and distasteful affair.’
    • ‘Debates emphasize ills to be corrected rather than distasteful choices to be made.’
    • ‘Yes, folding the tent on investments whose high hopes are dashed is mighty distasteful.’
    • ‘The ironic cheers from the home support towards the end of the game were particularly distasteful and served little purpose.’
    • ‘So far, this book is only confirming what I thought: that the whole thing is distasteful and nothing to do with real life.’
    • ‘Making use of the emotionally disturbed in this way has become a distasteful trend on the political left.’
    • ‘Of course, in some ways this notion is distasteful, obscene and disgusting.’
    • ‘I find this kind of coverage distasteful, pointless and irrelevant.’
    • ‘It may even be distasteful to watch teenagers reduced to tears.’
    • ‘But it is not nearly as distasteful as the fact that four people have died at this accident black spot in four years.’
    • ‘Angharad was not used to being ignored and it was an unpleasant and distasteful position to be in.’
    unpleasant, disagreeable, displeasing, unpleasing, undesirable
    unpalatable, unsavoury, unappetizing, inedible, disgusting, sickening, nauseating, nauseous, horrible, horrid
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