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 (bə-năl′, bā′nəl, bə-näl′)
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.


[bəˈnɑːlɪ] advbanalmente
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But his words are sufficiently harsh to let everyone know that it is precisely historical disaster that has been banally courted through the particular distraction of Spanish political and social life in the last thirty years or so.
Confectionary to the point that it makes your teeth hurt, Cyrus banally bemoans, "When you say you love me/Know I love you more/And when you say you need me/Know I need you more/Boy I adore you/I adore you.
But ultimately the fact their behaviour is so banally, boringly ordinary is the most poetic rebuttal of any argument that they are special humans made of stellar stuff that needs to be rewarded with dizzying sums of cash.
In a nutshell, with the amendment, the government accepts the wild urbanization, fails to create "regions" -- administrative units filling the huge empty gap between the center and the municipality that exists in every country like Turkey -- and banally creates clones of the center in local areas.
But that's all the stuff he doesn't want to talk about, so we're left with a narrow spokesmodel, banally handsome with an empty look; not like Obama and Bill Clinton, where you always see the brain whirring behind the eyes.
If Leon and Tony eventually inspire others to believe in the meaningfulness of another reality, it is not because they have given them the tenets of Marxism to behold, but because the students become convinced of the value (either banally or profoundly) of a voice--symbolized in this film with the achievement of a union, i.
The number of hunters of sounds from real life has been decreasing, with the real sonic heuristics being in decline, if we discount the banally conceived acoustic ecology consisting of collecting mainly urban sounds which are usually just modified slightly and belong to sound art.
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Every forum, blog and twitter appears in frenzied mode as authors - often driven by political masters and resorting to anonymity or nom-de-plume - indulge in posting bizarre fantasy and the most banally inaccurate and often litigious comment imaginable.
The dialogue clearly reflects the relationship: the two meet and greet each other most banally, since neither of them knows what to say; and even when Piero fails most utterly to understand what Vittoria says, she does nothing to make herself understood.
There is little reason to be optimistic that 15 Penn Plaza will be any match for it, with its banally undifferentiated shaft that winnows slightly toward the top, for no particular reason, either aesthetic or functional, while a groove, equally devoid of purpose, cuts down the entire height of the building.
At a certain point, Jarrells too provides discriminating support for this argument, separating the "things" banally rejected by Wordsworth in 1815 from their stubbornly preserved agency in Godwin's fiction: "Unlike, say Wordsworth, in whom many have found the Romantic model of development, of maturity, in Godwin it is those obstacles to development--or to progress, we should say--that most claim our attention" (Jarrells 139).