Origin of insipid
Examples from the Web for insipidity
To say that this is appalling is to state it with a degree of mildness which amounts to insipidity.Mark Twain, A Biography, 1835-1910, Complete|Albert Bigelow Paine
On the coast of Devonshire dried whitings are called "buckhorn," a name sufficiently expressive of their hardness and insipidity.
We should avoid as a shock or an insipidity, the suggestion of anything not intrinsically beautiful.The Sense of Beauty|George Santayana
Richardson is also in favour of this etymon, notwithstanding its harshness and insipidity.
All the spice and joy of evil doing had been exchanged for the insipidity of Paradise.Bakemono Yashiki (The Haunted House)|James S. De Benneville
British Dictionary definitions for insipidity
Word Origin for insipid
Word Origin and History for insipidity (1 of 2)
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]