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  • n. The condition of being insipid; insipidness.
  • n. An insipid utterance.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality or state of being insipid; vapidity.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The quality of being insipid.
  • n. Dullness; lack of interest.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. extreme dullness; lacking spirit or interest
  • n. lacking any distinctive or interesting taste property


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insipid +‎ -ity


  • I will use this word "insipidity" today 3 times in sentences to increase my Word Power.

    Paglia's purple piffle.

  • As an experiment in protest against the insipidity which is too often an accompaniment of conjugal intercourse the institution might well seem to deserve a more tolerant and impartial investigation than it has yet received at the hands of our sociologists.

    Travels through France and Italy

  • Miss Jennings, adorned with all the blooming treasures of youth, had the fairest and brightest complexion that ever was seen: her hair was of a most beauteous flaxen: there was something particularly lively and animated in her countenance, which preserved her from that insipidity which is frequently an attendant on a complexion so extremely fair.

    Court Memoirs of France Series — Complete

  • Moreover, it retains the natural flavour of the wheat, in place of the insipidity which is characteristic of fine flour, although it is indisputable that bread produced from the latter, especially in Paris and

    Cassell's Vegetarian Cookery A Manual of Cheap and Wholesome Diet

  • This herd has turned with much greater zest to the science of language: here in this wide expanse of virgin soil, where even the most mediocre gifts can be turned to account, and where a kind of insipidity and dullness is even looked upon as decided talent, with the novelty and uncertainty of methods and the constant danger of making fantastic mistakes -- here, where dull regimental routine and discipline are desiderata -- here the newcomer is no longer frightened by the majestic and warning voice that rises from the ruins of antiquity: here every one is welcomed with open arms, including even him who never arrived at any uncommon impression or noteworthy thought after a perusal of Sophocles and Aristophanes, with the result that they end in an etymological tangle, or are seduced into collecting the fragments of out-of-the-way dialects -- and their time is spent in associating and dissociating, collecting and scattering, and running hither and thither consulting books.

    On the Future of our Educational Institutions

  • Robert Bloomfield was a name unknown to us and to the world; and amid the volumes of insipidity which it is our lot to examine, we were delighted to meet with excellence that we had not expected.

    Critical Review, 35 (May 1802), 67–75

  • So I guess this scale gives a minimum possible value of insipidity, if that is a word.

    Introducing the Church Music Insipidness Scale

  • The point of Sam Sacks's essay, it seems to me, was precisely to protest the creation of these rules in the first place, to point out the insipidity of such formulas as A Story, as it progresses, is counterbalanced by a Backstory, which informs the reader what of importance happened beforehand.

    Narrative Strategies

  • By the first, Drucker seems to mean the incorporation of images, motifs, and sensibilities from mass culture only to "subvert" these references by using them to implicitly critique the insipidity of mass culture.

    Art and Culture

  • The coverage of such events, now almost wholly annexed by the cameras and those who serve them, has undergone a similar declension into insipidity.

    Master of Conventions


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