from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. One that is unpleasant on immediate experience or is likeable only after being experienced repeatedly.
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- n. A taste which is not natural or innate, but which has developed through habit or learning.
- n. Something that is appreciated only after having initially been regarded as unappealing or unpleasant; a person who is regarded as difficult or dislikable but of whom at least some have grown to approve.
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- n. a preference that is only acquired after considerable experience
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That was fair enough on Clinton's part, because killing was as much an acquired taste as duelling, and there was only one way a successful duellist could reassure himself that he was still on the top line.