from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To have distaste for; dislike.
  • n. Distaste; aversion.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A lack of relish: distaste
  • v. To have no taste for; to reject as distasteful.
  • v. To deprive of relish; to make nauseous or disgusting in a slight degree.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Want of relish; dislike (of the palate or of the mind); distaste; a slight degree of disgust.
  • n. Absence of relishing or palatable quality; bad taste; nauseousness.
  • transitive v. Not to relish; to regard as unpalatable or offensive; to feel a degree of disgust at.
  • transitive v. To deprive of relish; to make nauseous or disgusting in a slight degree.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To dislike the taste of; hence, to dislike for any reason; feel some antipathy to: as, to disrelish a particular kind of food; to disrelish affectation.
  • To destroy the relish of or for; make unrelishing or distasteful.
  • n. Dislike of the taste of something; hence, dislike in general; some degree of disgust or antipathy.
  • n. Absence of relish; distastefulness.


From dis- +‎ relish. (Wiktionary)


  • Defect of substantial reasons must be compensated somehow; and no compensation for it is more obvious, or is oftener called into play, than an air of impatient contempt towards those who disrelish ipsedixitism.

    2010 August « Motivated Grammar

  • Perhaps as inversions abound generally in sonnets, it may be the principal cause of my disrelish for them.

    Letter 94

  • By this we distinguish objects of relish and disrelish, according to the seasons; and the same things do not always please us.

    On The Sacred Disease

  • 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.

    An Essay Concerning Human Understanding

  • Thus when I taste wine, I feel blows; when I relish the one, I disrelish the other.

    Master Humphrey's Clock

  • ‘Glubb,’ said Mrs Blimber, with a great disrelish.

    Dombey and Son

  • And then she showed that her disrelish to cards was the effect of choice only; and that she was an easy mistress of every genteel game played with them.

    Clarissa Harlowe

  • Ho! only this! it alludes to my disrelish to matrimony: Which is a bottomless pit, a gulph, and I know not what.

    Clarissa Harlowe

  • Among the few enthusiasms that united many of them were degrees of disrelish for Sam Clemens.

    Mark Twain

  • And then, seeing him stand before her with so much obvious disrelish to the task, she was suddenly overcome with laughter.

    The Wrong Box

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