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bland

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adjective, bland·er, bland·est.
  1. pleasantly gentle or agreeable: a bland, affable manner.
  2. soothing or balmy, as air: a bland southern breeze.
  3. nonirritating, as food or medicines: a bland diet.
  4. not highly flavored; mild; tasteless: a bland sauce.
  5. lacking in special interest, liveliness, individuality, etc.; insipid; dull: a bland young man; a bland situation comedy.
  6. unemotional, indifferent, or casual: his bland acknowledgment of guilt.

Origin of bland

First recorded in 1590–1600, bland is from the Latin word blandus of a smooth tongue, pleasant, soothing
Related formsbland·ly, adverbbland·ness, noun

Synonyms

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1. affable, mild, amiable; suave, urbane. 2, 3. soft, mild.

Antonyms

1. cruel; boorish. 2. harsh. 3. irritating.
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Examples from the Web for blandest

Historical Examples

  • The latter met the stare with a look of the blandest serenity.

    Fair Harbor

    Joseph Crosby Lincoln

  • And it was all repeated to him in the blandest manner in the world.

  • I bowed and returned in the blandest tone, "That is not known to you at any rate, Sir."

    Daring and Suffering:

    William Pittenger

  • Mrs. Trevor beheld in him the mellowest and blandest of men.

    The Rough Road

    William John Locke

  • “I demand a thousand pardons, monsieur,” he exclaimed, with the blandest of smiles.

    Marmaduke Merry

    William H. G. Kingston


British Dictionary definitions for blandest

bland

adjective
  1. devoid of any distinctive or stimulating characteristics; uninteresting; dullbland food
  2. gentle and agreeable; suave
  3. (of the weather) mild and soothing
  4. unemotional or unmoveda bland account of atrocities
See also bland out
Derived Formsblandly, adverbblandness, noun

Word Origin

C15: from Latin blandus flattering
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Word Origin and History for blandest

bland

adj.

1660s, from Italian blando "delicate," or Old French bland "flattering, complimentary," both from Latin blandus "smooth-talking, flattering, alluring," perhaps from PIE *mlad-, nasalized variant of *meld-, extended form of root *mel- (see melt). Related: Blandly; blandness. Latin also had blandiloquentulus "flattering in speech," which might have yielded a useful English *blandiloquent.

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