Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Distasteful \Dis*taste"ful\, a.
Unpleasant or disgusting to the taste; nauseous; loathsome.
Offensive; displeasing to the feelings; disagreeable; as, a distasteful truth.
Distasteful answer, and sometimes unfriendly actions.
Manifesting distaste or dislike; repulsive. ``Distasteful looks.''
Syn: Nauseous; unsavory; unpalatable; offensive; displeasing; dissatisfactory; disgusting. - Dis*taste"ful*ly, adv. -- Dis*taste"ful*ness, n.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
c.1600, from distaste + -ful. Related: Distastefully; distastefulness.\n
a. 1 Having a bad or foul taste. 2 (context figuratively English) unpleasant.
highly offensive; arousing aversion or disgust; "a disgusting smell"; "distasteful language"; "a loathsome disease"; "the idea of eating meat is repellent to me"; "revolting food"; "a wicked stench" [syn: disgusting, disgustful, foul, loathly, loathsome, repellent, repellant, repelling, revolting, skanky, wicked, yucky]
Usage examples of "distasteful".
Straightening his shoulders, Antonio braced for yet another distasteful surprise.
Reedy music sounded, the paired apices and luxuriously dressed females moved about the shining marquetry floor in pre-set arrangements, their looks of pride and humility equally distasteful, while the servant males moved carefully around like machines, making sure each glass was kept full, each plate covered.
Since the tomcats, which had not been fixed, emitted a fierce, uncompromising smell, the musician clouted them with a fire poker one day when for particular reasons he found the smell particularly distasteful, stuffed their remains in a potato sack, carried the sack down four flights of stairs, and was in a great hurry to stow the bundle in the garbage can in the court beside the carpet rack, because the burlap was not water- nor bloodproof and began to drip before he was even half down the stairs.
It was a dreadful thing, razing a town, and one Lord Holger found distasteful but necessary.
Nobody, not even her father or mine, or Monsieur Leblanc, took the slightest notice of this queer relationship, or seemed to dream that it might lead to ultimate complications which, in fact, would have been very distasteful to them all for reasons that I will explain.
After his designs were completed, you may imagine his chagrin, and mine as well, when I was detailed to supervise construction, yet I will say that Orthis hid his natural emotions well and gave me perfect cooperation in the work we were compelled to undertake together, and which was as distasteful to me as to him.
The idea of retelling that horrible series of events before the public was distasteful.
So those who find nerds distasteful, but at the same time crave the products of science, face a kind of dilemma.
They were soldiers and, like the men who dug the nightsoil from the pits of London, or like the women who tended the pestilent dying in the charity wards, they did a distasteful job that more fastidious men and women despised.
I was not to suppose that you were going to see my breeches, and in the second place that I could not be aware that the colour would be distasteful to you.
Or, handing him over to the police of the Philistines, you may put it, that a habit of assorting spices will render an earnest simplicity distasteful.
It was a trial to speak of her loss under any circumstances, and to expose her private grief to an addlepated and hostile young man was an extremely distasteful prospect.
Caralie frowned, as if she found the idea distasteful, and again, dislike for her winged through Riley.
Everything in there loosened by a great oral rot that the nightmare's Teddy Schacht wouldn't even look at, saying he was late for his next appointment, everyone Hal saw seeing Hal's crumbling teeth and looking at their watch and making vague excuses, a general atmosphere of the splintering teeth being a symptom of something way more dire and distasteful that no one wanted to confront him about.
X grew systematically crueler, hardly a gentleman any longer, forcing upon his wife as she lay trussed and helpless in their marriage bed a man with fingernails filed razor-sharp who lacerated her tender flesh, a man with a glittering scaly skin, a man with a turkey's wattles, a man with an ear partly missing, a man with a stark-bald head and cadaverous smile, a man with infected draining sores like exotic tattoos stippling his body, and poor Babygirl was whipped for disobedience, Babygirl was burnt with cigars, Babygirl was slapped, kicked, pummeled, near-suffocated and near-strangled and near-drowned, she screamed into her saliva-soaked gag, she thrashed, convulsed, bled in sticky skeins most distasteful to Mr.