insipid

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj insipid lacking interest or significance or impact "an insipid personality","jejune novel"
    • adj insipid lacking taste or flavor or tang "a bland diet","insipid hospital food","flavorless supermarket tomatoes","vapid beer","vapid tea"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Insipid 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.""But his wit is faint, and his salt, if I may dare to say so, almost insipid ."
    • Insipid Wanting in the qualities which affect the organs of taste; without taste or savor; vapid; tasteless; as, insipid drink or food.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • insipid Without any taste; not exciting the sense of taste; without flavor or savor.
    • insipid Without a definite taste; having a taste which from its faintness and undecided character appears negative, insufficient, or slightly disagreeable; flat in taste.
    • insipid Hence Without power to excite interest or emotion; without attraction; uninteresting; dull; flat.
    • insipid Synonyms Lifeless, stale, tame, prosaic, stupid.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Insipid in-sip′id tasteless: wanting spirit or animation: dull
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Quotations

  • Harriet Beecher Stowe
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    “To be really great in little things, to be truly noble and heroic in the insipid details of everyday life, is a virtue so rare as to be worthy of canonization.”
  • Logan Pearsall Smith
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    “Happiness is a wine of the rarest vintage, and seems insipid to a vulgar taste.”
  • Karl Marx
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    “On a level plain, simple mounds look like hills; and the insipid flatness of our present bourgeoisie is to be measured by the altitude of its great intellects.”
  • Anita Loos
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    “Pleasure that isn't paid for is as insipid as everything else that's free.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. insipidus,; pref. in-, not + sapidus, savory, fr. sapere, to taste: cf. F. insipide,. See Savor
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—Low L.,—L. in, not, sapidus, well-tasted—sapĕre, to taste.

Usage

In literature:

It had neither body nor soul in it, and was as insipid as a policeman at a prayer meeting.
"Campaign Pictures of the War in South Africa (1899-1900)" by A. G. Hales
Life was thin and insipid without great remorses, revenges, loves.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, October, 1877, Vol. XX. No. 118" by Various
And when you take out the dish, you will have an excellent Syrup, and the remaining substance of the Apples will be insipid.
"The Closet of Sir Kenelm Digby Knight Opened" by Kenelm Digby
The RESTORATION, or The History of INSIPIDS, a LAMPOON.
"The Lives of the Poets of Great Britain and Ireland (1753)" by Theophilus Cibber
He was fair to the point of insipidity, and his weak blue eyes bulged with joviality.
"The Voice of the People" by Ellen Glasgow
Our society is too insipid now for the like copy.
"Life of Lord Byron, Vol. III" by Thomas Moore
His look of insipid good-nature lured the German on.
"The Next of Kin" by Nellie L. McClung
Novels, a species of light, insipid, and dangerous reading, are the bane of English female education.
"An Inquiry into the Permanent Causes of the Decline and Fall of Powerful and Wealthy Nations." by William Playfair
And Henriot, knowing some of them personally, could not always escape their insipid company.
"Four Weird Tales" by Algernon Blackwood
This last was like that species which grows in our woods; but it was insipid.
"The History of Sumatra" by William Marsden
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In poetry:

Then, Phillis, heal my wounded heart,
My burning passion cool;
Let me at least in thee have part
With thy insipid fool.
"Songs Set To Music: 18. Set" by Matthew Prior
Each wayward passion soon would tear
His bosom, now so void of care;
And, when they left his ebbing vein,
What, but insipid age, remain?
"The Dying Kid" by William Shenstone
CLARIN. Well, I think my master's right;
For there's nothing more insipid
Than a grand procession day,
Half fandangos, priests, and fiddles.
"The Wonder-Working Magician - Act I" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
THE HUES OF LIFE ARE DULL AND GRAY,
THE SWEETS OF LIFE INSIPID,
WHEN thou, MY CHARMER, ART AWAY -
OLD BRICK, OR RATHER, LET ME SAY,
OLD PARALLELEPIPED!'
"Phantasmagoria Canto VII ( Sad Souvenaunce )" by Lewis Carroll
My great tenderness
For the women that once were beautiful
And became ugly
For the women that once were desirable
And became insipid For the women who loved me
And couldn't have my love
"My Great Tenderness" by Manuel Bandeira
"The common country folk in this insipid neighbourhood
Have nothing to confess, they're so ridiculously good;
And if you marry any one respectable at all,
Why, you'll reform, and what will then become of FATHER PAUL?"
"Gentle Alice Brown" by William Schwenck Gilbert

In news:

DiCaprio's Risky Acting Scores in `Basketball Diaries' / Seamy drug memoir flattened by insipid directing.
The hazy yellow liquids are as popular as a prom queen and almost as insipid, largely owing to their lamentable lack of hops.
Lymphoma and the Insipid Victory.
Syrupy songs of insipid Paul irk former fan.
After more than one year of bitter, partisan and often insipid fighting, the healthcare reform legislation that President Barack Obama signed last week is now the law of the land .
Syrupy songs of insipid Paul irk former fan.
The result is a creamy, full-bodied yogurt that's neither as sour as the Greek version nor as insipidly sweet as the American — and so tasty that it's hard to believe it's good for you.
CNBC thinks it can get around the newsroom-as- advocate problem by asserting that it's only pushing a kind of starched-shirted patriot's common sense wrapped in insipid branding.
'Robots' Creates a Fantastic Setting, Then Fills It With Insipid Characters.
Lymphoma and the Insipid Victory.
Like his fellow Sunshine Stater Pitbull, Flo Rida is less a rapper than a delivery system for dance beats – some of them ingenious, many of them insipid, all of them inhumanly supersized.
Sometimes those thoughts are merely insipid and beneath the attention of serious minds.
When will the financial world correct the insipid concept that BBB- bonds are investment grade but BB+ is junk -- with nothing in between.
When some loopy, loud-mouthed, insipid, retromingent liberal gets on TV and shoots off their mouth you can bet what spews forth is anything but the truth.
Remarkably insipid Hysteria recounts the invention of the vibrator .
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