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Could someone say what "less than savory" means in general and in the context below?

"Anybody who was anti-communist in the Far East was likely to receive American backing – regardless of their less than savoury background." link

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less than savory = unsavory, an antonym of savory

adjective: unsavory

ˌənˈsāv(ə)rē/

disagreeable and unpleasant because morally disreputable.
"an unsavory reputation"
synonyms: disreputable, unpleasant, undesirable

With the definition of unsavory I have inserted a simple meaning in place of the phrase in your quote:

Diem hated all that communism stood for. This is why he got America’s support – he had a poor record on human rights but his rule was in the era of the “Domino Theory” and anybody who was anti-communist in the Far East was likely to receive American backing – regardless of their past misdeeds.
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  • Thanks Ibf! It helped a lot! I cannot upvote since I only have 4 points. Bjt you taught me a new word 😊 – Alireza Abdi Feb 22 '18 at 0:24
  • a pleasure to help – lbf Feb 22 '18 at 0:40

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