Insipid

“That is the last tea party I will ever attend – not only was the tea insipid, the conversation was, too!”

What is the best definition of insipid?

Check your answer!

Choice A - Cliquish, or condescending in demeanor
Choice B - Flavorless, or lacking in taste or interest
Choice C - Boorish, or characterized by rough manners
Choice D - Charmless, or unskilled in the art of conversation

Definition:

Insipid (adjective) – lacking in flavor, interest, or impact: bland, uninteresting, or unstimulating

Insipidity (noun) – the characteristic of being insipid: dull and unstimulating 

GRE pro tips:

The roots of insipid include in- ( “not” or “un”) and sep/sap (“flavorful”), so it makes sense that insipid means not flavorful or lacking taste. If it helps, you can also see that insipid contains the word “sip”! Imagine you take a sip of, say, soup and it tastes flat and bland, then that soup is insipid – it is lacking in spices, or maybe salt. Insipid  can be used both literally, as with the soup, or figuratively, to describe things like insipid people or insipid prose. Greeting cards, for example, typically feature insipid – banal and uninteresting – sentiments. 

If you attended a tea party where you sipped tasteless tea and were bored by unstimulating conversation – you could describe both the tea and the party as insipid.

Example sentences:

“My parents were inordinately proud of their homemade salsa, but I found it insipid and unremarkable.”

“When asked how he enjoyed the company’s team-building exercise, he gave his boss an insipid smile.”