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Saturday, February 03, 2001

Definitions for vapid

  1. Lacking liveliness and spirit; unanimated; spiritless; dull; as, "a vapid speech."
  2. Flavorless; lacking taste or zest; flat; as, "vapid beer."

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Citations for vapid
One year he was writing vapid and sentimental mediocrities, and the next he was turning out one of the best poems of our century. Anatole Broyard, New York Times
Especially in his coverage of the first 800 years of Russian architecture, he resorts to a prose of vapid enthusiasms; too many buildings are described like this, about a country palace: "a breathtaking masterpiece that fairly shimmered with Baroque splendor." Richard Lourie, New York Times
Origin of vapid
1650-1660
The source of vapid is Latin vapidus, "spiritless, spoiled, flat."