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Related to distasteful: distastefully, untasteful


a. Unpleasant; disagreeable: found cocktail parties distasteful.
b. Objectionable; offensive: used distasteful language.
2. Expressing aversion or dislike: shot me a distasteful glance.

dis·taste′ful·ly adv.
dis·taste′ful·ness n.


unpleasant or offensive
disˈtastefully adv
disˈtastefulness n


(dɪsˈteɪst fəl)

1. unpleasant, offensive, or causing dislike.
2. unpleasant to the taste.
3. showing distaste or dislike.
dis•taste′ful•ly, adv.
dis•taste′ful•ness, n.


1. 'tasteless'

Something that is tasteless is vulgar and unattractive.

...a flat crammed with spectacularly tasteless objets d'art.
Apart from a few tasteless remarks, he was reasonably well-behaved.

Tasteless food has very little flavour.

...cold, tasteless pizzas.
2. 'distasteful'

If something is distasteful to you, you dislike it or disapprove of it.

Unnecessary slaughter of animals is distasteful to most people.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.distasteful - not pleasing in odor or tastedistasteful - not pleasing in odor or taste  
unpalatable - not pleasant or acceptable to the taste or mind; "an unpalatable meal"; "unpalatable truths"; "unpalatable behavior"
2.distasteful - highly offensivedistasteful - 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"
offensive - unpleasant or disgusting especially to the senses; "offensive odors"



1. Difficult to accept:
2. So unpleasant in flavor as to be inedible:
كَريه، مُزْعِج، غَيْر مُريح


[dɪsˈteɪstfʊl] ADJdesagradable; [task] → ingrato
it is distasteful to me to have to do thisno me resulta nada grato tener que hacer esto


[dɪsˈteɪstfʊl] adj [experience, task, sight] → déplaisant(e), désagréable; (stronger)répugnant(e)
to be distasteful to sb → déplaire à qn; (stronger)révolter qn


adj taskunangenehm; photo, magazinegeschmacklos; to be distasteful to somebodyjdm zuwider or unangenehm sein; he found the idea distastefulder Gedanke war ihm zuwider


[dɪsˈteɪstfʊl] adjsgradevole, ripugnante
the very idea is distasteful to me → la sola idea mi ripugna


(disˈteist) noun
dislike (of something unpleasant). She looked at the untidy room with distaste.
disˈtasteful adjective
disagreeable. a distasteful job.
disˈtastefully adverb
disˈtastefulness noun
References in classic literature ?
Of one thing I am distinctly conscious: the man's presence at my side was strangely distasteful and disquieting--so much so that when I at last pulled up under the lights of the Putnam House I experienced a sense of having escaped some spiritual peril of a nature peculiarly forbidding.
Because he had voluntarily relinquished a title that was distasteful to him, and a station that was distasteful to him, and had left his country--he submitted before the word emigrant in the present acceptation by the Tribunal was in use--to live by his own industry in England, rather than on the industry of the overladen people of France.
A close observer might have gathered that the topic was distasteful; but the doctor carried it off gaily.
It was plain to me that this Mediterranean, enclosed in the midst of those countries which he wished to avoid, was distasteful to Captain Nemo.
David watched my preparations with distasteful levity, but anon made a noble amend by abruptly offering me his foot as if he had no longer use for it, and I knew by intuition that he expected me to take off his boots.
Anna Arkadyevna read and understood, but it was distasteful to her to read, that is, to follow the reflection of other people's lives.
Mere yellow skeleton that he was now he felt the contrast between them, and thought his appearance distasteful to her.
It is true that, at times, it needed all his strength of mind to keep his thoughts from wandering back into that unprofitable and most distasteful past - in the middle of the night even, he had woke up suddenly with an old man's cry in his ears - or was it the whispering of the night-wind in the tall elms?
"A fat angel," she answered, "or something equally distasteful. How I hate those mild eyes and that sweet, slow smile.
Perry recommended nourishing food; but every thing they could command (and never had any body such good neighbours) was distasteful.
This counsel was very distasteful to me, but I thought I could not do otherwise than adopt it.
Life at the academy daily became increasingly distasteful. Soon he began to purposely neglect his studies and to disregard his duties, his aim being to secure his dismissal from the United States service.