adjective Date: 1607 1. a. objectionable because offensive to one's personal taste ; unpleasant, disagreeable <
found the job distasteful
a shady, distasteful character
b. objectionable because in poor taste, inappropriate, or unethical <
a harmless stroking…but it seems oddly distasteful in retrospectRichard Sandza et al.
2. unpleasant to the taste <
distasteful unripe fruit
distastefully adverbdistastefulness noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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