a feeling that somebody/something is unpleasant or offensive He looked around the filthy room in distaste. distaste for somebody/something a distaste for politics of any sort Word Origin late 16th cent.: from dis- (expressing reversal) + taste, on the pattern of early modern French desgout, Italian disgusto. Compare with disgust.Extra examples He couldn’t hide his distaste at having to sleep in such a filthy room. He couldn’t hide the deep distaste that he felt for many of their customs. Jim looked with distaste at the cockroach in his soup. Joe had a profound distaste for violence. She regarded the child with evident distaste. She was trying not to show her distaste. She wrinkled her nose in mock distaste. They are country people with a general distaste for all things urban. She felt a distaste for anything to do with bodily functions.