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insipid

[in-sip-id] /ɪnˈsɪp ɪd/
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
1610-1620
1610-20; < Latin insipidus, equivalent to in- in-3 + -sipidus, combining form of sapidus sapid
Related forms
insipidity, insipidness, noun
insipidly, adverb
Can be confused
incipient, insipid, insipient.
Synonyms
1, 2. flat, dull, uninteresting. 2. tasteless, bland.
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Examples for insipidity
  • 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.
British Dictionary definitions for insipidity

insipid

/ɪnˈsɪpɪd/
adjective
1.
lacking spirit; boring
2.
lacking taste; unpalatable
Derived Forms
insipidity, insipidness, noun
insipidly, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from Latin insipidus, from in-1 + sapidus full of flavour, sapid
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Word Origin and History for insipidity
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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