(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
adj. insipid, flat; inelegant; inept, clumsy, vulgar, savorless, unappetizing. See insipidity, vulgarity, inelegance.
(Roget's IV) modif.
1. [Lacking flavor]
Syn. unsavory, dull, bland, unseasoned, vapid, savorless, flat, watery, flavorless, unpleasurable, without spice; see also uninteresting .
Ant. delicious*, seasoned, spicy.
2. [Plain]
Syn. homely, insipid, trite, commonplace, innocent, unaffected, simple, natural, innocuous, stereotyped, plain, homely, wholesome; see also common 1 .
Ant. unusual*, extraordinary, sophisticated.
3. [Lacking good taste]
Syn. pretentious, ornate, showy, trivial, artificial, florid, ostentatious, garish, clumsy, makeshift, coarse, uncouth, useless, rude, ugly, unsightly, unlovely, hideous, foolish, stupid, crass, indecent.
Ant. simple*, effective, handsome.
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) a.
1. without flavor flavorless, bland, insipid, flat, stale, watery, weak, thin, vapid.
2. tacky in poor taste, unrefined, cheap, graceless, vulgar, crude, garish, loud, flashy, gaudy, ostentatious, offensive.
ANT.: 1. mouth-watering, delicious. 2. tasteful, in good taste, refined
(Roget's Thesaurus II) adjective 1. Lacking an appetizing flavor: bland, flat, flavorless, insipid, unsavory. See TASTE. 2. Lacking style and good taste: inelegant, unbecoming. Informal: tacky2. See STYLE. 3. Lacking in delicacy or refinement: barbarian, barbaric, boorish, churlish, coarse, crass, crude, gross, ill-bred, indelicate, philistine, rough, rude, uncivilized, uncouth, uncultivated, uncultured, unpolished, unrefined, vulgar. See COURTESY, SMOOTH.

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