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From dis- +‎ relish.



disrelish (uncountable)

  1. A lack of relish: distaste
    • 1690, John Locke, An Essay Concerning Humane Understanding[1], volume I:
      Bread or tobacco may be neglected where they are shown to be useful to health, because of an indifferency or disrelish to them; reason and consideration at first recommends, and begins their trial, and use finds, or custom makes them pleasant.
    • 1818, John Franklin, The Journey to the Polar Sea[2]:
      The residents live principally upon this most delicious fish which fortunately can be eaten a long time without disrelish.
    • (Can we date this quote by Burke and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      Men love to hear of their power, but have an extreme disrelish to be told of their duty.
    • 1819, John Keats, Otho the Great, Act IV, Scene II, verses 40-42
      [] that those eyes may glow
      With wooing light upon me, ere the Morn
      Peers with disrelish, grey, barren, and cold.
    • 1872, J. Fenimore Cooper, The Bravo[3]:
      "I have no other malice against the race, Signore, than the wholesome disrelish of a Christian.
    • 1982, Lawrence Durrell, Constance, Faber & Faber 2004 (Avignon Quintet), p. 685:
      They heated up tinned food in a saucepan of hot water and ate it with sadness and disrelish, under the belief that they were economising.
  2. Absence of relishing or palatable quality; bad taste; nauseousness.
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disrelish (third-person singular simple present disrelishes, present participle disrelishing, simple past and past participle disrelished)

  1. (transitive) To have no taste for; to reject as distasteful.
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  2. (transitive) To deprive of relish; to make nauseous or disgusting in a slight degree.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Milton to this entry?)