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in singular
  • Mild dislike or aversion.

    ‘Harry nurtured a distaste for all things athletic’
    • ‘his mouth twisted with distaste’
    • ‘Graham, you are not the first to suggest my opinion stemmed from a distaste of boxing.’
    • ‘All those years of building left me with a permanent distaste for home renovations.’
    • ‘The distaste was tangible across his face and he shuddered perceptibly.’
    • ‘If the view was bleak it was also of its time and being recognised as such only added to the general distaste which greeted the film.’
    • ‘You have expressed a distaste for spiders yourself, and even the intrepid Coraline had a thing about them.’
    • ‘As much as anything, that often seemed to be the result of a distaste for bland British and American rock music.’
    • ‘Like many Scots youngsters, she has developed a distaste for porridge and Brussel sprouts.’
    • ‘By this time, I am a confirmed aesthete with a pronounced distaste for the great outdoors.’
    • ‘Such literatures often reveal an authorial distaste for the social types involved.’
    • ‘The shock of the new was superseded by a spiteful distaste for the prematurely aged.’
    • ‘Not liking the people you went to high school with is not peculiar, nor is a distaste for crowds.’
    • ‘It spilled over into a distaste for everything socially coded as male, from meat-eating to contact sports.’
    • ‘Many view nursing homes with the same distaste as prisons and vow to avoid them at all costs.’
    • ‘A distaste for meddling in free trade in art remains strong, as does our desire for visual contact with an original.’
    • ‘That is an extreme distaste for the patenting system as it is applied throughout the world.’
    • ‘Nothing of the film remains with the viewer except the vague distaste it generates.’
    • ‘He also displayed a distaste or lack of appreciation for the scientific method.’
    • ‘Jocelyn laughed and gave Red a hug, much to the distaste of the rest of the room and Dominic.’
    • ‘He has never in his life before done night work and has a strong distaste for it.’
    • ‘There was some mild distaste in his tone, which told me what he thought of the partygoers.’
    dislike, disfavour, disdain
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/disˈtāst/ /dɪsˈteɪst/


Late 16th century from dis- (expressing reversal) + taste, on the pattern of early modern French desgout, Italian disgusto. Compare with disgust.