blandness

[ bland ]SEE DEFINITION OF blandness

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR BLANDNESS

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

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

Wetter suddenly assumed an air of great dignity and blandness.

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

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

Then his eyes fell, and his tones changed to blandness once more.

There is a gift of blandness and briskness in the very breathing of the air.

"I would," said Edward Henry with a blandness that was only skin-deep.

His rubicundity had increased and his blandness was dissolved.

The day was over and Madame's blandness was convincing evidence of her satisfaction.

WORD ORIGIN

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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