insipid

[in-sip-id]
adjective
1.
without distinctive, interesting, or stimulating qualities; vapid: an insipid personality.
2.
without sufficient taste to be pleasing, as food or drink; bland: a rather insipid soup.

Origin:
1610–20; < Latin insipidus, equivalent to in- in-3 + -sipidus, combining form of sapidus sapid

insipidity, insipidness, noun
insipidly, adverb

incipient, insipid, insipient.


1, 2. flat, dull, uninteresting. 2. tasteless, bland.
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insipid (ɪnˈsɪpɪd)
 
adj
1.  lacking spirit; boring
2.  lacking taste; unpalatable
 
[C17: from Latin insipidus, from in-1 + sapidus full of flavour, sapid]
 
insi'pidity
 
n
 
in'sipidness
 
n
 
in'sipidly
 
adv

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insipid
1610s, "without taste or perceptible flavor," from Fr. insipide, from L.L. inspidus "tasteless," from L. in- "not" + sapidus "tasty," from sapere "have a taste" (also "be wise"). Fig. meaning "uninteresting, dull" first recorded 1640s, but it was also a secondary sense in M.L.
"In ye coach ... went Mrs. Barlow, the King's mistress and mother to ye Duke of Monmouth, a browne, beautifull, bold, but insipid creature." [John Evelyn, diary, Aug. 18, 1649]
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Example sentences
The mind, which has feasted on the luxurious wonders of fiction, has no taste of the insipidity of truth.
Insipidity took him in tow at an early age and will hold him fast astern through life.
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