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bland

soothing; affable, mild amiable; not highly flavored; tasteless; unemotional: a bland response
Not to be confused with:
blend – mix inseparably together: blend the sauce; compound; mingle; combine; unite
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bland

 (blănd)
adj. bland·er, bland·est
1. Characterized by a moderate, unperturbed, or tranquil quality, especially:
a. Pleasant in manner; smooth: a bland smile.
b. Not irritating or stimulating; soothing: a bland diet.
c. Exhibiting no personal worry, embarrassment, or concern: told a series of bland lies.
2.
a. Dull and insipid: a bland little drama.
b. Having little or no distinctive flavor: bland cooking.

[Latin blandus, caressing, flattering; see mel- in Indo-European roots.]

bland′ly adv.
bland′ness n.
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bland

(blænd)
adj
1. devoid of any distinctive or stimulating characteristics; uninteresting; dull: bland food.
2. gentle and agreeable; suave
3. (of the weather) mild and soothing
4. unemotional or unmoved: a bland account of atrocities.
[C15: from Latin blandus flattering]
ˈblandly adv
ˈblandness n
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bland

(blænd)

adj. -er, -est.
1. pleasantly gentle or agreeable: a bland, affable manner.
2. soothing or balmy, as air.
3. nonirritating, as food or medicines.
4. not highly flavored; mild; tasteless: a bland sauce.
5. lacking in special interest, liveliness, individuality, etc.; dull.
6. unemotional, casual: a bland confession.
[1590–1600; < Latin blandus of a smooth tongue]
bland′ly, adv.
bland′ness, n.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.bland - lacking taste or flavor or tangbland - lacking taste or flavor or tang; "a bland diet"; "insipid hospital food"; "flavorless supermarket tomatoes"; "vapid beer"; "vapid tea"
tasteless - lacking flavor
2.bland - lacking stimulating characteristicsbland - lacking stimulating characteristics; uninteresting; "a bland little drama"; "a flat joke"
unexciting, unstimulating - not stimulating
3.bland - smoothly agreeable and courteous with a degree of sophisticationbland - smoothly agreeable and courteous with a degree of sophistication; "he was too politic to quarrel with so important a personage"; "the manager pacified the customer with a smooth apology for the error"
diplomatical, diplomatic - using or marked by tact in dealing with sensitive matters or people; "the hostess averted a confrontation with a diplomatic chenage of subject"
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bland

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bland

adjective
1. Effortlessly gracious and tactful in social manner:
2. Lacking an appetizing flavor:
3. Lacking the qualities requisite for spiritedness and originality:
Informal: wishy-washy.
4. Without definite or distinctive characteristics:
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Translations
غَيْر حَريففاتِر، بِدونِ عَواطِف
bez chutichabýmdlýmírnýnijaký
kedeliguanfægtetuberørtudvandet
bragîlítilltilòrifalaus, dauflegur; viîfelldinn
prėskaiprėskasprėskumasšaltai mandagusšaltas mandagumas
bezgaršīgsmaigsneizteiksmīgs
duygu göstermeyenruhsuzsönüktatsız tuzsuzyavan

bland

[blænd] ADJ (blander (compar) (blandest (superl)))
1. (pej) (= dull) [food, taste] → soso, insípido; [smile, expression] → insulso; [music, book, film] → soso, anodino; [statement] → anodino
it tastes rather blandtiene un sabor bastante soso
2. (= mild) [person, action] → suave, afable; [diet] → blando
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bland

[ˈblænd] adj
[person, character] → fade, sans relief
(= flavourless) [taste] → fade, insipide
(= unexciting) → fade
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bland

adj (+er) taste, food, dietfad; book, film, statementnichtssagend; person, characterlangweilig, farblos; expression, look, smileleer
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bland

[blænd] adj (smile) → blando/a; (character) → insulso/a; (food) → insipido/a
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995

bland

(blӕnd) adjective
1. (of food etc) mild, tasteless. That soup is very bland.
2. (of people, their actions etc) showing no emotion. a bland smile.
ˈblandly adverb
ˈblandness noun
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bland

a. blando-a, suave;
___ dietdieta ___.
English-Spanish Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012

bland

adj (food) blanda
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References in classic literature ?
He spoke of me all the time, in the blandest way, as "this prodigious giant," and "this horrible sky-towering monster," and "this tusked and taloned man-devour- ing ogre", and everybody took in all this bosh in the naivest way, and never smiled or seemed to notice that there was any discrepancy between these watered statis- tics and me.
"Why, here's the Professor!" she exclaimed in her blandest tones.
"Quite right, my man," said the doctor, in his blandest manner.
"No!" said Miss Pink, asserting the most immovable obstinacy under the blandest politeness of manner.
Having said this in the politest and blandest tone possible, he went on dressing, and took no further notice of his guest, who stood in the same spot as uncertain what to do next, eyeing him sulkily from time to time.
"May I ask, my lad," I said, in the blandest voice, "what your trade may be?"
He had a cringing manner, but a very harsh voice; and his blandest smiles were so extremely forbidding, that to have had his company under the least repulsive circumstances, one would have wished him to be out of temper that he might only scowl.
"Therefore, my friend," said Aramis, with one of his blandest smiles, "Goliath is in the stable, well pleased, I will answer for it, that Porthos is no longer on his back." In fact, the horse had been brought back from the relay by the direction of the prelate, from whom no detail escaped.
" I will do it, my dear Porthos," continued Aramis, in his blandest tone; "I will go and have these orders executed myself, if you do not go, my friend."
'Now, I ask you,' said Mr Meagles in the blandest confidence, falling back a step himself, and handing his daughter a step forward to illustrate his question: 'I ask you simply, as between man and man, you know, DID you ever hear of such damned nonsense as putting Pet in quarantine?'
Tupman, in his blandest manner, touching the enchanting Rachael's wrist with one hand, and gently elevating the bottle with the other.
That a creature made--in a genealogical sense--out of a man's rib, and in this particular case maintained in the highest respectability without any trouble of her own, should be normally in a state of contradiction to the blandest propositions and even to the most accommodating concessions, was a mystery in the scheme of things to which he had often in vain sought a clew in the early chapters of Genesis.