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  • My plan, I told him, was simply to effect essentially cosmetic changes in order to make the ANC more intelligible—and more palatable—to our allies.†   (source)
  • That's a sensitive issue, of course, but it is more palatable to the clerics when it comes from a Muslim woman in a head scarf than from American infidels.†   (source)
  • Either of those scenarios would be more palatable to the Chancellor than the truth—that he'd risked everything for a girl.†   (source)
  • The two of them as physicians knew it all too well, but if anything, experience made it even less palatable.†   (source)
  • It occurred to him that a leather belt couldn't be much tougher or less palatable than the fried goat Bolivar served up three or four times a week.†   (source)
  • Its natural consistency is a bit gelatinous and pasty, really, but whipped together with a soupcon of remoulade and spread upon white meat, it's quite palatable.†   (source)
  • Nasserine kept a cleaner home than Essey, but I soon realized that she was an atrocious cook, neither knowing nor caring much about hygiene, nutrition, or palatabilitY.†   (source)
  • But I bet that street performer who asked me out is starting to look a lot more palatable to you ...†   (source)
  • None of the solutions he thought of were very palatable.†   (source)
  • "It is a measure of complete desperation to unseat a neighboring monarch, and there isn't a successor that's much more palatable, but Attolia has been growing more and more unstable as she tries to counter Sounis, and with the Mede hanging over us like vultures, instability is more dangerous than anything else," said Eddis, pacing the library.†   (source)
  • There's mint, to make it more palatable.†   (source)
  • Of course, the federal government had persuaded the New York officials to make his confinement extremely palatable.†   (source)
  • The bread was less palatable.†   (source)
  • I set out to eliminate the bitter pecan trees and replace them with oak trees that would produce more palatable fare for a wider variety of wildlife—including both squirrels and deer, which love acorns.†   (source)
  • The fact that Barlowe paid handsomely, and paid in cash, only made the relationship more palatable for Dunwoody.†   (source)
  • He knew nothing about the music she and Nathan had played so constantly, merely identifying it as "classic," and confessing to me once that although it was too "deep" for him to understand, he found it more palatable than some of the popular crud that came from the radios and record players of the other tenants.†   (source)
  • Nadine sampled the first shell, decided it was nearly palatable.†   (source)
  • When eaten fresh and hot it is delicious, far more palatable than the more common lavash.†   (source)
  • I was especially pleased that I had not been forced to sell all the chillies, for these are useful to us; when the tongue rebels against plain boiled rice, desiring ghee and salt and spices which one cannot afford, the sharp bite of a chillie renders even plain rice palatable.†   (source)
  • Did they make killing any more palatable?†   (source)
  • I like rain when it has turned to snow and become palatable.†   (source)
  • As they smoked and stuffed fat palatable bites of sandwich into their mouths, they would regard each other with pleased sniggers, carrying on thus an insane symphony of laughter: "Chuckle, chuckle!†   (source)
  • Half the parsnips of society are served and rendered palatable with no other sauce.†   (source)
  • It was not, she remarked, so palatable to her, but it was the next best.†   (source)
  • Mr. Fogg accordingly tasted the dish, but, despite its spiced sauce, found it far from palatable.†   (source)
  • To travel at this man's expense and live upon his provisions was not palatable to him.†   (source)
  • I tasted them out of compliment to Nature, though they were scarcely palatable.†   (source)
  • Her unsophisticated open-air existence required no varnish of conventionality to make it palatable to him.†   (source)
  • His splendid lounge chair with its three cushions and neck roll had been pulled up close to the wooden railing, topped along its full length by a little pillow of snow; on the white table at his side stood a lighted electric lamp, a pile of books, and a glass of creamy milk, the "evening milk" that was served to all the residents of the Berghof in their rooms at nine each night and into which Hans Castorp would pour a shot of cognac to make it more palatable.†   (source)
  • Carrie studied the art of making biscuit, and soon reached the stage where she could show a plate of light, palatable morsels for her labor.†   (source)
  • Sand ain't a palatable substitute.†   (source)
  • His own taste was in the line of less solid and more highly-seasoned diet; but hunger makes any fare palatable, and there had been times when Mr. Stepney had been reduced to a crust.†   (source)
  • Physic may do for such as relish it; to my taste and judgment it is neither palatable nor healthy; but morals never did harm to any living mortal, be it that he was a sojourner in the forest, or a dweller in the midst of glazed windows and smoking chimneys.†   (source)
  • I do not know if the result will be as agreeable as you describe, but the thing does not appear to me as palatable as you say.†   (source)
  • The boys thought the tongue might prove equally palatable, but I valued it only on account of the large quantity of oil it contained.†   (source)
  • It is a very genuine admiration, that with which persons too shy or too awkward to take a due part in the bustling world regard the real actors in life's stirring scenes; so genuine, in fact, that the former are usually fain to make it palatable to their self-love, by assuming that these active and forcible qualities are incompatible with others, which they choose to deem higher and more important.†   (source)
  • I did hear, too, that there was a time, when sermon-making was not so palatable to you as it seems to be at present; that you actually declared your resolution of never taking orders, and that the business had been compromised accordingly.†   (source)
  • 'I will draw a veil over that dreamy life, Mr F. was in good spirits his appetite was good he liked the cookery he considered the wine weak but palatable and all was well, we returned to the immediate neighbourhood of Number Thirty Little Gosling Street London Docks and settled down, ere we had yet fully detected the housemaid in selling the feathers out of the spare bed Gout flying upwards soared with Mr F. to another sphere.'†   (source)
  • A disagreeable truth would be palatable through her lips, but I am the wretchedest being in the world at a civil falsehood.†   (source)
  • "Poor little souls, they will have a hard time, I'm afraid, but they won't suffer, and it will do them good," she said, producing the more palatable viands with which she had provided herself, and disposing of the bad breakfast, so that their feelings might not be hurt, a motherly little deception for which they were grateful.†   (source)
  • A subject so momentous as that of suing Judge Temple was not very palatable to the present company in so public a place; and a short silence ensued, that was only interrupted by the opening of the door, and the entrance of Natty himself.†   (source)
  • But the dullness of his days pleased him; his melancholy, which was settling into a secondary stage, like a healing wound, had in it a certain acrid, palatable sweetness.†   (source)
  • We slept till far into the afternoon, and then got up hungry enough to make cotter fare quite palatable to the king, the more particularly as it was scant in quantity.†   (source)
  • To the bison of the prairie it is a few inches of palatable grass, with water to drink; unless he seeks the Shelter of the forest or the mountain's shadow.†   (source)
  • Fritz's interesting story being ended, and supper ready, we made trial of the new roots, and found them very palatable, either boiled or stewed; the monkey plant, however, if it really proved to be the ginseng of the Chinese, would require to be used with caution, being of an aromatic and heating nature.†   (source)
  • The meagre herbage of the prairie, promised nothing, in favour of a hard and unyielding soil, over which the wheels of the vehicles rattled as lightly as if they travelled on a beaten road; neither wagons nor beasts making any deeper impression, than to mark that bruised and withered grass, which the cattle plucked, from time to time, and as often rejected, as food too sour, for even hunger to render palatable.†   (source)
  • The truth is unpalatable.   (source)
    unpalatable = not acceptable
    standard prefix: The prefix "un-" in unpalatable means not and reverses the meaning of palatable. This is the same pattern you see in words like unhappy, unknown, and unlucky.
  • There were terpenes, which plants spread to poison the soil around them and inhibit competitors; alkaloids, which made them unpalatable to insects and predators (and children); and pheromones, used for communication.†   (source)
    unpalatable = not acceptable -- especially to the taste buds
  • The water was faintly bitter, but cold, and not unpalatable.†   (source)
  • Only the crabs didn't have an unpalatably bitter or salty taste.†   (source)
    standard prefix: The prefix "un-" in unpalatable means not and reverses the meaning of palatable. This is the same pattern you see in words like unhappy, unknown, and unlucky.
  • To get around the regulations that require that Jamaica ginger extract be rendered unpalatable.†   (source)
  • Lee found that she'd squeezed the flaky pastry into an unpalatable ball.†   (source)
  • It was a plant as rare as it was strange, and as tasty as it looked unpalatable.†   (source)
  • But sometimes the truth must be stated, unpalatable as it is.†   (source)
  • "The truth is unpalatable," she replied.†   (source)
  • Designed to be unpalatably bitter so soldiers would eat them only in dire circumstances, they were formulated to be highly caloric and melt-resistant.†   (source)
  • The unpalatable truth was that there was little point in delaying tactics, unless I had something to delay for, and I didn't.†   (source)
  • The British had to relinquish leadership in the area of secret intelligence operations for reasons that were as clear as they were' unpalatable to London: the Occidental could never fully understand the peculiar subtleties of the Oriental mind, and these were not the times to render misleading or poorly evaluated information.†   (source)
  • I needed money to pay my huge ongoing legal fees, so I worked with the clients my hipster colleagues found unsexy and unpalatable—big telecom, big petrochemicals, and big shadowy holding companies.†   (source)
  • The authorities liked to say that we received a balanced diet; it was indeed balanced—between the unpalatable and the inedible.†   (source)
  • The happy days of the universal scholar who was able to take a keen interest in all phases of natural history were at an end, and I was forced to recognize the unpalatable necessity of specializing, if I was to succeed as a professional biologist.†   (source)
  • As always when she heard the truth spoken, no matter how unpalatable it was, basic honesty forced her to acknowledge it as truth.†   (source)
  • Part of Lincoln's achievement in the Lincoln-Douglas debates was to taunt Douglas into statements that made him absolutely unpalatable to free-soil Republicans.†   (source)
  • But the reward itself seemed unpalatable just then: she could get no zest from the thought of victory.†   (source)
  • Homely truth is unpalatable.†   (source)
  • The days before these ordeals take place are spent in cramming your mind with mystic formula and indigestible dates—unpalatable diets, until you wish that books and science and you were buried in the depths of the sea.†   (source)
  • In one corner of the room there was a huge hearth, over which hung a stock-pot, with a not altogether unpalatable odour of hot soup emanating therefrom.†   (source)
  • John Richard Green, the historian, discerning the inevitable half a century ago, expressed the opinion, amazing and unpalatable then, that the Americans were already "the main branch of the English people."†   (source)
  • She did not mean to pamper herself any longer, to go without food because her surroundings made it unpalatable.†   (source)
  • I openly say, unpalatable as it may be, that I consider Mr. C.'s affairs in a very bad way, that I consider Mr. C. himself in a very bad way, and that I regard this as an exceedingly illadvised marriage.†   (source)
  • It is no small part of our art, sir," and he now spoke with the confidence of a man who understood his subject, "to reconcile the patient to what is for his own good, though at the same time it may be unpalatable."†   (source)
  • 'When I explained my altered position to you, sir,' I began again, substituting a new form of expression for what was so unpalatable to him, 'this concealment, into which I am so unhappy as to have led Miss Spenlow, had begun.†   (source)
  • Between this point and the high at present unlit warehouses of Beresford place Stephen thought to think of Ibsen, associated with Baird's the stonecutter's in his mind somehow in Talbot place, first turning on the right, while the other who was acting as his fidus Achates inhaled with internal satisfaction the smell of James Rourke's city bakery, situated quite close to where they were, the very palatable odour indeed of our daily bread, of all commodities of the public the primary and most indispensable.†   (source)
  • This great philosopher freely acknowledged his own mistakes in natural philosophy, because he proceeded in many things upon conjecture, as all men must do; and he found that Gassendi, who had made the doctrine of Epicurus as palatable as he could, and the vortices of Descartes, were equally to be exploded.†   (source)
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