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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.
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Noun1.distastefulness - extreme unpalatability to the mouthdistastefulness - extreme unpalatability to the mouth
unpalatability, unpalatableness - the property of being unacceptable to the mouth
2.distastefulness - the quality of being offensive
blatancy - the property of being both obvious and offensive; "the blatancy of his attempt to whitewash the crime was unforgivable"
unpleasantness - the quality of giving displeasure; "the recent unpleasantness of the weather"
repulsiveness, loathsomeness, lousiness, sliminess, vileness, wickedness - the quality of being disgusting to the senses or emotions; "the vileness of his language surprised us"
hatefulness, objectionableness, obnoxiousness - the quality of being hateful
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(disˈteist) noun
dislike (of something unpleasant). She looked at the untidy room with distaste.
disˈtasteful adjective
disagreeable. a distasteful job.
disˈtastefully adverb
disˈtastefulness noun
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The distastefulness of the term is quickly revealed when applied peripherally.
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East was correct when he observed with some irritation that sexual offences "seldom form the subject of an article in this country," although his explanation for this was that it was "on account of its distastefulness." (46) Whether due to personal revulsion or professional caution, it remained an unappealing subject for the medical man to address.
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This distastefulness or toxicity may arise from the sequestering of octocoral chemicals on which the snail feeds [18, 25].
These moths are brightly, aposematically colored, with shades of yellow, red, pink, orange, and white adorning their wings, and white, spotted heads, thoraxes, and abdomens--a coloration that advertises their demonstrated distastefulness to predators (Eisner & Eisner 1991).