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bland

[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.
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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 blandness

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  • Her blandness was beyond all baiting; she professed she could be as still as a mouse.

    The Tragic Muse

    Henry James

  • "Oh, yes, you will," and he smiled with a blandness that was maddening.

    A Little Girl in Old Detroit

    Amanda Minnie Douglas

  • Wetter suddenly assumed an air of great dignity and blandness.

    The King's Mirror

    Anthony Hope

  • She threw into her smile all the blandness her sex alone can command.

    The Heart of Unaga

    Ridgwell Cullum

  • Jermyn had turned round his savage side, and the blandness was out of sight.


British Dictionary definitions for blandness

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
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See also bland out
Derived Formsblandly, adverbblandness, noun

Word Origin

C15: from Latin blandus flattering
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for blandness

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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