banal


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ba·nal

 (bə-năl′, bā′nəl, bə-näl′)
adj.
Drearily commonplace and often predictable; trite: "Blunt language cannot hide a banal conception" (James Wolcott).

[French, from Old French, shared by tenants in a feudal jurisdiction, from ban, summons to military service, of Germanic origin; see bhā- in Indo-European roots.]

ba·nal′ize′ v.
ba·nal′ly adv.
Usage Note: The pronunciation of banal is not settled among educated speakers of American English, and several variants compete with each other. The pronunciation (bə-năl′), rhyming with canal, was preferred by 58 percent of the Usage Panel in our 2001 survey, while 28 percent favored (bā′nəl), and 13 percent said they used (bə-näl′), a pronunciation that is more common in British English. A number of Panelists admitted to being so vexed by the word that they tended to avoid it in conversation. Nonetheless, all three pronunciations should be considered acceptable.

banal

(bəˈnɑːl)
adj
lacking force or originality; trite; commonplace
[C18: from Old French: relating to compulsory feudal service, hence common to all, commonplace; from ban ban2]
banality n
baˈnally adv

ba•nal

(bəˈnæl, -ˈnɑl, ˈbeɪn l)

adj.
devoid of freshness or originality; hackneyed; trite.
[1745–55; < French; Old French: pertaining to a ban (see ban2, -al1)]
ba•nal′i•ty, n.
ba•nal′ly, adv.
syn: See commonplace.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.banal - repeated too often; overfamiliar through overuse; "bromidic sermons"; "his remarks were trite and commonplace"; "hackneyed phrases"; "a stock answer"; "repeating threadbare jokes"; "parroting some timeworn axiom"; "the trite metaphor `hard as nails'"
unoriginal - not original; not being or productive of something fresh and unusual; "the manuscript contained unoriginal emendations"; "his life had been unoriginal, conforming completely to the given pattern"- Gwethalyn Graham

banal

banal

adjective
Translations
banal
banální
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[bəˈnɑːl] ADJbanal

banal

[bəˈnɑːl] adj [remark, conversation, question, idea] → banal(e)

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[bəˈnɑːl] adjbanale
References in classic literature ?
If I choose thus to be banal, it is only to remind you that Collier's theories are today as exploded as the ludicrous deductions of the Spanish school.
It isn't my fault that they are associated with nothing better at the decisive moment than the banal splendours of a gilded cafe and the bedlamite yells of carnival in the street.
If that's the stuff revolutionists are made of some of us may well go on their knees to them," she continued in a slightly bantering voice, while the banal society smiles hardened on the worldly faces turned towards her with conventional deference.
And before I could offer the usual banal suggestions she confided in me.
She added: "It limits human qualities into this very narrow, rather mundane and banal little place and human beings are so much more complex and interesting and deep and everything than that.
It limits human qualities into this very narrow, rather mundane and banal little place, and human beings are so much more complex and interesting and deep and everything than that.
A substandard British take on America's Judge Judy, this 60-minute dirge was guilty of torturing us with banal nonsense.
Equally, if you are entertained by the most banal trivialites that life has to offer, then every day will provide you with excitement and amusement.
Yet, not a hair was out of place Tuesday, which may be the Ten Tenors' fundamental appeal, along with the banal material (all of which doesn't seem to hurt Celine Dion).
Colorful and poignant observations are pulled from otherwise banal everyday encounters with children in after school programs ("69 on 9/11"), negotiating gender with 7-Eleven clerks ("Boobies in the Key of A") and an ode to the waitresses and patrons at the Waffle House ("Waho").
Mock Victorian are perhaps the worst, seen as a bad rash across Britain, somehow achieving the impossible: to cheapen the look of the country's most banal suburban homes.
There's something potentially banal about the subjects of Fandell's videos--the aforementioned foot, a woman's hand gesticulating, a pick-up soccer game in Vienna, his girlfriend driving a car, a baby's face, an old man's mouth, and the artist watching the sun set--but they manage to escape the tag as Fandell selects an appropriate Holstian counterpoint for each image.