bland

[bland]
adjective, blander, blandest.
1.
pleasantly gentle or agreeable: a bland, affable manner.
2.
soothing or balmy, as air: a bland southern breeze.
3.
nonirritating, as food or medicines: a bland diet.
4.
not highly flavored; mild; tasteless: a bland sauce.
5.
lacking in special interest, liveliness, individuality, etc.; insipid; dull: a bland young man; a bland situation comedy.
6.
unemotional, indifferent, or casual: his bland acknowledgment of guilt.

Origin:
1590–1600; < Latin blandus of a smooth tongue, pleasant, soothing

blandly, adverb
blandness, noun


1. affable, mild, amiable; suave, urbane. 2, 3. soft, mild.


1. cruel; boorish. 2. harsh. 3. irritating.
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bland (blænd)
 
adj
1.  devoid of any distinctive or stimulating characteristics; uninteresting; dull: bland food
2.  gentle and agreeable; suave
3.  (of the weather) mild and soothing
4.  unemotional or unmoved: a bland account of atrocities
 
[C15: from Latin blandus flattering]
 
'blandly
 
adv
 
'blandness
 
n

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bland
1660s, from It. blando "delicate," or O.Fr. bland "flattering, complimentary," both from L. blandus "mild, smooth, flattering, alluring," perhaps from PIE *mlad-, nasalized variant of base *mldu- "soft." Latin also had blandiloquentulus "flattering in speech," which might have yielded a useful English
*blandiloquent.
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Example sentences
As an aesthetic principle, quirk is an embrace of the odd against the blandly
  mainstream.
Trees appeared in groups and singly, revolving coolly and blandly, displaying
  the latest fashions.
Incredibly, the complaints of these self-interested parties are blandly
  accepted at face value.
Blandly, the professor quibbles that he never used the italicized words.
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