acquired taste

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acquired taste

n.
One that is unpleasant on immediate experience or is likeable only after being experienced repeatedly.
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acquired taste

n
1. a liking for something that is at first considered unpleasant
2. the thing so liked
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.acquired taste - a preference that is only acquired after considerable experienceacquired taste - a preference that is only acquired after considerable experience; "martinis are an acquired taste"
penchant, preference, taste, predilection - a strong liking; "my own preference is for good literature"; "the Irish have a penchant for blarney"
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References in classic literature ?
Alcohol was an acquired taste. It had been painfully acquired.
All werewolves are of evil disposition, having assumed a bestial form to gratify a beastial appetite, but some, transformed by sorcery, are as humane and is consistent with an acquired taste for human flesh.