(Roget's IV) modif.
Syn. achromic, pale, neutral, characterless; see dull 2 , 4 , pale 1 , transparent 1 .
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) a.
1. achromatic blanched, pale, pallid, lackluster, bleached, washed-out, neutral, faded, dull, gray, transparent.
2. uninteresting dull, drab, nondescript, *ho-hum, *as distinctive as a plain brown wrapper, lifeless, vapid, *as eye-catching as a brick in the wall.
ANT.: 1. chromatic, vivid, vibrant, pavonine. 2. colorful, distinctive, glamorous
(Roget's Thesaurus II) adjective 1. Lacking color: ashen, ashy, bloodless, cadaverous, livid, lurid, pale, pallid, pasty, sallow, wan, waxen. See COLORS. 2. Lacking liveliness, charm, or surprise: arid, aseptic, drab, dry, dull, earthbound, flat, flavorless, lackluster, lifeless, lusterless, matter-of-fact, pedestrian, prosaic, spiritless, sterile, stodgy, unimaginative, uninspired. See EXCITE. 3. Without definite or distinctive characteristics: bland, indistinctive, neutral. See STRONG.

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