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Insipid definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

INSIP'ID, a. [L. insipidus; in and sapidus, sapio, to taste.]
1. Tasteless; destitute of taste; wanting the qualities which affect the organs of taste; vapid; as insipid liquor.
2. Wanting spirit, life or animation; wanting pathos, or the power of exciting emotions; flat; dull; heavy; as an insipid address; an insipid composition.
3. Wanting power to gratify desire; as insipid pleasure.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: lacking taste or flavor or tang; "a bland diet"; "insipid hospital food"; "flavorless supermarket tomatoes"; "vapid beer"; "vapid tea" [syn: bland, flat, flavorless, flavourless, insipid, savorless, savourless, vapid]
2: lacking interest or significance or impact; "an insipid personality"; "jejune novel" [syn: insipid, jejune]

Merriam Webster's

adjective Etymology: French & Late Latin; French insipide, from Late Latin insipidus, from Latin in- + sapidus savory, from sapere to taste more at sage Date: 1609 1. lacking taste or savor ; tasteless <insipid food> 2. lacking in qualities that interest, stimulate, or challenge ; dull, flat <insipid prose> insipidity noun insipidly adverb Synonyms: insipid, vapid, flat, jejune, banal, inane mean devoid of qualities that make for spirit and character. insipid implies a lack of sufficient taste or savor to please or interest <an insipid romance with platitudes on every page>. vapid suggests a lack of liveliness, force, or spirit <an exciting story given a vapid treatment>. flat applies to things that have lost their sparkle or zest <although well-regarded in its day, the novel now seems flat>. jejune suggests a lack of rewarding or satisfying substance <a jejune and gassy speech>. banal stresses the complete absence of freshness, novelty, or immediacy <a banal tale of unrequited love>. inane implies a lack of any significant or convincing quality <an inane interpretation of the play>.

Oxford Reference Dictionary

adj. 1 lacking vigour or interest; dull. 2 lacking flavour; tasteless. Derivatives: insipidity n. insipidly adv. insipidness n. Etymology: F insipide or LL insipidus (as IN-(1), sapidus SAPID)

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Insipid In*sip"id, a. [L. insipidus; pref. in- not + sapidus savory, fr. sapere to taste: cf. F. insipide. See Savor.] 1. Wanting in the qualities which affect the organs of taste; without taste or savor; vapid; tasteless; as, insipid drink or food. --Boyle. 2. Wanting in spirit, life, or animation; uninteresting; weak; vapid; flat; dull; heavy; as, an insipid woman; an insipid composition. Flat, insipid, and ridiculous stuff to him. --South. But his wit is faint, and his salt, if I may dare to say so, almost insipid. --Dryden. Syn: Tasteless; vapid; dull; spiritless; unanimated; lifeless; flat; stale; pointless; uninteresting.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

1. If you describe food or drink as insipid, you dislike it because it has very little taste. It tasted indescribably bland and insipid, like warmed cardboard. = bland, flavourless ADJ [disapproval] 2. If you describe someone or something as insipid, you mean they are dull and boring. On the surface she seemed meek, rather insipid... ADJ [disapproval]

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

a. 1. Tasteless, gustless, savorless, vapid, mawkish, stale, flat. 2. Spiritless, lifeless, heavy, stupid, dull, frigid, tame, prosaic, prosy, uninteresting, unentertaining.

Moby Thesaurus

arid, banal, bare, barren, betwixt and between, blah, bland, blank, bleached, bloodless, bromidic, changeable, characterless, clear, cold, colorless, common, commonplace, dead, devoid, dilute, diluted, dismal, distasteful, draggy, drearisome, dreary, driveling, dry, dryasdust, dull, dusty, effete, elephantine, empty, etiolated, fade, fair, fair to middling, fairish, featureless, feeble, flat, flavorless, gruelly, halfhearted, heavy, ho-hum, hollow, humdrum, ill-flavored, inane, indecisive, indifferent, inexcitable, infirm of purpose, infirm of will, innocuous, irresolute, jejune, lackluster, leaden, lifeless, low-spirited, matter-of-fact, mediocre, medium, middling, mild, milk-and-water, milky, moderate, modest, mundane, mushy, namby-pamby, neutral, null, null and void, of a kind, of a sort, of sorts, ordinary, pale, pallid, pappy, passable, pedestrian, plain, plodding, poetryless, pointless, poky, ponderous, prosaic, prosing, prosy, pulpy, respectable, sapless, savorless, slight, slow, so-so, soft, solemn, spiceless, spiritless, stale, sterile, stiff, stodgy, stuffy, subdued, superficial, swashy, tame, tasteless, tedious, tenuous, thin, tiresome, tolerable, unappetizing, unembellished, unflavored, unidealistic, unimaginative, unimpassioned, uninteresting, unlively, unpoetic, unrelieved, unromantic, unsavory, vacant, vacuous, vapid, void, washy, watered, watered-down, waterish, watery, weak, weariful, wearisome, white, wishy-washy, with nothing inside, without content, wooden


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