- without distinctive, interesting, or stimulating qualities; vapid: an insipid personality.
- without sufficient taste to be pleasing, as food or drink; bland: a rather insipid soup.
Origin of insipid
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Examples from the Web for insipidity
She is divinely innocent, but roguishness saves her from insipidity.A Cathedral Courtship
Kate Douglas Wiggin
The insipidity and yet the noise; the nothingness and yet the self-importance of all these people!Pride and Prejudice
She says she was moved to the remark by the insipidity of the dish.Animal Life of the British Isles
Mr. Read's fondness was the saccharine that qualified the insipidity of his wife's apathy.Alone
Nor must this be mistaken for insipidity or weakness of design.Chats on Royal Copenhagen Porcelain
- lacking spirit; boring
- lacking taste; unpalatable
Word Origin and History for insipidity
1610s, "without taste or perceptible flavor," from French insipide (16c.), from Late Latin inspidus "tasteless," from Latin in- "not" (see in- (1)) + sapidus "tasty," from sapere "have a taste" (also "be wise;" see sapient). Figurative meaning "uninteresting, dull" first recorded 1640s, but it was also a secondary sense in Medieval Latin.
In ye coach ... went Mrs. Barlow, the King's mistress and mother to ye Duke of Monmouth, a browne, beautifull, bold, but insipid creature. [John Evelyn, diary, Aug. 18, 1649]