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1Lacking in imagination or originality:‘he writes repetitive and uninspired poetry’
unimaginative, uninventive, pedestrian, mundane, unoriginal, prosaic, commonplace, ordinary, routine, second-rate, undistinguished, unexceptional, indifferent, humdrum, matter-of-fact, run of the mill, workaday, everyday, quotidianspiritless, colourless, passionless, anaemic, stale, hackneyed, trite, derived, derivative, conventional, unadventurous, dull, banal, monotonous, lifeless, lacklustre, sterile, uninspiring, vapid, insipid, bland, dry, barren, flat, stodgyhackyView synonyms
- ‘The movie is so tame, so bland and so uninspired, it just feels like a wasted opportunity.’
- ‘Germany has repeated history by playing dull, uninspired, but highly efficient football to achieve maximum results with minimum effort.’
- ‘Let's call this what it is - a Get Out of Jail Free card for uninspired writers.’
- ‘The visual style is also uninspired, seemingly a half-hearted combination of Soderbergh and the Coens.’
- ‘Most of the album involves piano/vocal-led compositions that seem monotonous, laboured and uninspired.’
- ‘But the studio has done them a grave disservice with this uninspired and lacking disc transfer.’
- ‘Gangster films and series are generally the most uninspired, unimaginative and moribund visual art around.’
- ‘We were dull, boring, uninspired but utterly professional.’
- ‘How many uninspired Hunter S. Thompson riffs have we had to sit and shudder through?’
- ‘When a person does an act that is uninspired, insipid, it falls flat.’
- ‘The tissue-paper plots and cardboard characters are uninspired and repetitive.’
- ‘He finds the ruling party weak and his native people uninspired.’
- ‘One of the biggest myths surrounding diabetes is that people with the condition must stick to the same uninspired foods all the time.’
- ‘I've said it before and, since I'm completely uninspired at the moment, I'll say it again.’
- ‘But then things take a turn for the worst and you're left wading through a quagmire of dull beats and uninspired guest spots.’
- ‘Sorry, I'm somewhat uninspired today and I started off so well too.’
- ‘I always hate unoriginal and uninspired titles, but apparently I also specialise in them.’
- ‘The current station is far from perfect, but at least it has character, which this bland, uninspired new design signally fails to achieve.’
- ‘An uninspired second-half display took the gloss off a promising opening period, but pre-tournament warm-up matches often end that way.’
- ‘It was probably the combination of a lot of uninspired movies and a lot of pressure on people all over town as we headed towards the holiday and awards seasons.’
2(of a person) not filled with excitement:‘they were uninspired by the Nationalist Party’
- ‘The majority of people are uninspired by the traditional parties.’
- ‘I like it, but I am uninspired by the misogynist slant I see.’
- ‘Many people agreed with Nader's specific criticisms of corporate capital - but they were uninspired.’
- ‘Yes, many are also uninspired and greedy, just like many other people in many other businesses.’
- ‘He has seen that there is no future working with uninspired colleagues in a half-empty restaurant that does poor business.’
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