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bland


a bland diet
  lacking stimulating characteristics — especially in the flavor of food
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  • a bland diet
  • a bland little drama
  • "It’s a game, you see," pursued the general blandly.
    Richard Connell  --  The Most Dangerous Game
  • "It’s just another place to live," Mr. Hart said blandly, "middle-class, some upper."
    Victor Martinez  --  Parrot in the Oven

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  • Her stomach shuddered, but she kept her voice bland.
    J.D. Robb  --  Glory in Death
  • Uncle Jimmy’s defection caused not a ripple on Alexandra’s bland horizon: her Missionary Society refreshments were still the best in town; her activities in Maycomb’s three cultural clubs increased; she improved her collection of milk glass when Atticus pried Uncle Jimmy’s money loose from him; in short, she despised men and thrived out of their presence.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • Though I feel like crying from relief, I keep my face carefully bland and slide another pin into her silken hair.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • My mind had been primed: Many times I’d mentally strolled the few blocks toward the bland brick apartments where she lived.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • The band came to practice in the space, and as a lucky bonus, it seemed our choice of fabrics to cover the bland walls made for great acoustics.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Elite
  • I was tempted to send him home for being so bland, but after the reaction over the first elimination, I didn’t think I could get away with that.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Heir

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  • He watched as the pictures moved to a crisp black-and-white and then to the bland color of Polaroids, watched as children were born and then grew up, as hair fell out and was replaced by wrinkles.
    John Green  --  An Abundance of Katherines
  • Pete Ramirez was a blandly handsome man a few years older than Mae, whose office seemed to have no desk, no chairs, no right angles.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • One week I faked an entire dream journal, making my dreams sound bland and simple, the way a normal person’s should be.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
  • I think you might have a conflict there," he said, and then his voice shifted from argumentative to blandly matter-of-fact.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • It was an ironic form of punishment, for during their second year of marriage, Gabby had taken it upon herself to teach Travis to eat things other than the bland food he’d long favored.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Choice
  • The taste of the mice — a purely subjective factor and not in the least relevant to the experiment — was pleasing, if rather bland.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • Eventually he gave another bland shrug and scratched out a note on a slip of paper.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • I swallowed, tried to raise a bland smile.
    Jojo Moyes  --  Me Before You
  • Despite his bland supper, despite the nagging message broadcast in his head, and despite the uncertainty of his plan, he felt a stirring in his heart, a good feeling that might pass for hope.
    Trenton Lee Stewart  --  The Mysterious Benedict Society
  • Then came a band of six royal guards, dull and bland as porridge.
    Sarah J. Maas  --  Throne of Glass
  • The mushrooms were bland.
    Gail Carson Levine  --  Ella Enchanted
  • T.J.’s face was totally bland, as if nothing at all had happened.
    Mildred D. Taylor  --  Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
  • He seemed to be looking directly at Calvin as he spoke, and yet Meg was sure that the bland blue eyes could not see, and that some— one, something else was looking at Calvin through Charles.
    Madeleine L’Engle  --  A Wrinkle in Time
  • She gazed up at them with a bland, opaque smile, her face oddly free of smile lines.
    Anne Tayler  --  A Spool of Blue Thread
  • The food Mrs. Byrne makes is bland and unappealing– —soft gray peas from a can, starchy boiled potatoes, watery stews—and there’s never enough of it.
    Christina Baker Kline  --  Orphan Train
  • I keep seeing an endless series of bland days, days the color of pale yellow and white pills, days that have the same bitter aftertaste as medicine.
    Lauren Oliver  --  Delirium
  • I couldn’t help but appreciate the absolute perfection of the name; bland, common, and wholly unoriginal.
    Katja Millay  --  The Sea of Tranquility
  • And that is that your refusal to admit responsibility in the death of Bobby Weed is the same as that of those Germans who disavowed the Nazi party even as they watched blandly and unprotestingly as the thugs vandalized the synagogues and perpetrated the Kristallnacht.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • That would account for their blandness, the absence of bitten fingers, their level blue-eyed gaze.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • Randall’s face, like Frank’s, seldom showed what he was thinking, presenting instead a bland and impenetrable facade.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • Goldie said something sharp-sounding in Spanish to Marco V, who shrugged blandly and headed back into the package room.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • If Atticus could blandly introduce me to Boo Radley at a time like this, well— that was Atticus.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • The agent was as bland as ever.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • We can’t learn how our style of writing is working unless we get responses. and if we’re bland, no one will answer.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender’s Game
  • Thequrma% were always too salty or too bland for his taste.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • It tasted bland and watery.
    Sara Shepard  --  Pretty Little Liars
  • That old bland thing again?
    Kathryn Stockett  --  The Help
  • "Do you really think so?" said Toohey, smiling blandly.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • "I am not permitted to give out personal information," he replies blandly, as he jabs at the screen in front of him.
    Veronica Roth  --  Divergent
  • Clary smiled blandly at him.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Bones
  • "Indeed," Tantalus said blandly.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Sea of Monsters
  • But Kutuzov went on blandly smiling with the same expression, which seemed to say that he had a right to suppose so.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • Pure and unblemished souls must taste very bland, with an aftertaste of bitterness.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • Milkman had to blink twice before their faces returned to the vaguely alarmed blandness he was accustomed to.
    Toni Morrison  --  Song of Solomon
  • "Yes," Jane agreed in a bland tone, as if she were sleepwalking.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lost Hero
  • Sometimes Tita didn’t even taste her food, which was bland and didn’t appeal to her.
    Laura Esquivel  --  Like Water for Chocolate
  • On my nights to cook I made the blandest things I could think of: broiled white fish and mashed potatoes and macaroni and cheese, to give our taste buds a chance to grow back.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Bean Trees
  • From a little distance he had the bland aspect of a philanthropist.
    Agatha Christie  --  Murder On The Orient Express
  • "I’m not going to do anything," he replied blandly.
    Homer Hickam  --  October Sky
  • Like his bland hair and his long body, his features were mild and thin.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host
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