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com·mon·place

 (kŏm′ən-plās′)
adj.
1. Ordinary; common: a period when labor strikes were commonplace.
2. Uninteresting; unremarkable: "his disappointment at finding his child so commonplace" (Jane Stevenson).
n.
1.
a. A trite or obvious saying; a platitude: "the solidified commonplaces of established wisdom" (John Simon).
b. Something, especially an occurrence, that is ordinary or common: "These stories dealt only with the commonplaces of life" (Jack London).
2. Archaic A passage marked for reference or entered in a commonplace book.

[Translation of Latin locus commūnis, generally applicable literary passage, translation of Greek koinos topos.]

commonplace

(ˈkɒmənˌpleɪs)
adj
1. ordinary; everyday: commonplace duties.
2. dull and obvious; trite: commonplace prose.
n
3. something dull and trite, esp a remark; platitude; truism
4. (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) a passage in a book marked for inclusion in a commonplace book, etc
5. an ordinary or common thing
[C16: translation of Latin locus commūnis argument of wide application, translation of Greek koinos topos]
ˈcommonˌplaceness n

com•mon•place

(ˈkɒm ənˌpleɪs)

adj.
1. ordinary; undistinguished or uninteresting.
2. dull or platitudinous: a commonplace remark.
n.
3. a well-known, customary, or obvious remark; a trite or uninteresting saying; platitude.
4. anything common, ordinary, or uninteresting.
5. Archaic. a place or passage in a book or writing noted as important for reference or quotation.
[1525–35; translation of Latin locus commūnis, itself translation of Greek koinòs tópos]
com′mon•place`ness, n.
syn: commonplace, banal, trite, hackneyed describe words, remarks, and styles of expression that are lifeless and uninteresting. commonplace characterizes expression that is so ordinary, self-evident, or generally accepted as to be boring or pointless: a commonplace affirmation of the obvious. banal often suggests an inane or insipid quality: banal conversation. trite suggests that an expression has lost its force because of excessive repetition: trite poetic imagery. hackneyed is a stronger word implying that the expression has become meaningless from overuse: hackneyed metaphors.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.commonplace - a trite or obvious remark
comment, remark, input - a statement that expresses a personal opinion or belief or adds information; "from time to time she contributed a personal comment on his account"
truism - an obvious truth
Adj.1.commonplace - completely ordinary and unremarkable; "air travel has now become commonplace"; "commonplace everyday activities"
ordinary - not exceptional in any way especially in quality or ability or size or degree; "ordinary everyday objects"; "ordinary decency"; "an ordinary day"; "an ordinary wine"
2.commonplace - not challengingcommonplace - not challenging; dull and lacking excitement; "an unglamorous job greasing engines"
unexciting - not exciting; "an unexciting novel"; "lived an unexciting life"
3.commonplace - 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

commonplace

adjective
1. everyday, common, ordinary, widespread, pedestrian, customary, mundane, vanilla (slang), banal, run-of-the-mill, humdrum, dime-a-dozen (informal) Foreign vacations have become commonplace nowadays.
everyday new, interesting, original, novel, strange, exciting, rare, unique, unusual, extraordinary, unfamiliar, uncommon, ground-breaking, infrequent, left-field (informal)
noun
1. cliché, platitude, banality, truism It is a commonplace to say that the poetry of the first world war was greater than that of the second.

commonplace

adjectivenoun
1. A trite expression or idea:
2. A regular or customary matter, condition, or course of events:
Translations
عادي، تافِه، مُبْتَذَل
všední
almindelighverdagsagtigordinær
hversdagslegur

commonplace

[ˈkɒmənpleɪs]
A. ADJ (= normal) → común, normal, corriente (pej) → vulgar, ordinario
it is commonplace to see this sort of thinges frecuente or corriente ver este tipo de cosas
B. N (= event) → cosa f común y corriente; (= statement) → tópico m, lugar m común

commonplace

[ˈkɒmənpleɪs] adjbanal(e), ordinairecommon room n (British) (for students)salle f commune

commonplace

[ˈkɒmənˌpleɪs]
1. adjcomune (pej) → banale, ordinario/a
2. n (statement) → luogo comune

common

(ˈkomən) adjective
1. seen or happening often; quite normal or usual. a common occurrence; These birds are not so common nowadays.
2. belonging equally to, or shared by, more than one. This knowledge is common to all of us; We share a common language.
3. publicly owned. common property.
4. coarse or impolite. She uses some very common expressions.
5. of ordinary, not high, social rank. the common people.
6. of a noun, not beginning with a capital letter (except at the beginning of a sentence). The house is empty.
noun
(a piece of) public land for everyone to use, with few or no buildings. the village common.
ˈcommoner noun
a person who is not of high rank. The royal princess married a commoner.
common knowledge
something known to everyone or to most people. Surely you know that already – it's common knowledge.
common ˈlaw noun
a system of unwritten laws based on old customs and on judges' earlier decisions.
ˈcommon-law adjective
referring to a relationship between two people who are not officially married, but have the same rights as husband and wife. a common-law marriage; a common-law wife/husband.
ˈcommonplace adjective
very ordinary and uninteresting. commonplace remarks.
ˈcommon-room noun
in a college, school etc a sitting-room for the use of a group.
common sense
practical good sense. If he has any common sense he'll change jobs.
the Common Market
(formerly) an association of certain European countries to establish free trade (without duty, tariffs etc) among them, now replaced by the European Union.
the (House of) Commons
the lower house of the British parliament.
in common
(of interests, attitudes, characteristics etc) shared or alike. They have nothing in common – I don't know why they're getting married.
References in classic literature ?
As he rarely met Anna, he could say nothing but commonplaces to her, but he said those commonplaces as to when she was returning to Petersburg, and how fond Countess Lidia Ivanovna was of her, with an expression which suggested that he longed with his whole soul to please her and show his regard for her and even more than that.
Life was so strange and wonderful, filled with an immensity of problems, of dreams, and of heroic toils, and yet these stories dealt only with the commonplaces of life.
But for all this, the question remains,-- what are the novelists to do with commonplace people, and how are they to be presented to the reader in such a form as to be in the least degree interesting?
That diction, on the other hand, is lofty and raised above the commonplace which employs unusual words.
All of them- her father, mother, and Sonya- were so near to her, so familiar, so commonplace, that all their words and feelings seemed an insult to the world in which she had been living of late, and she felt not merely indifferent to them but regarded them with hostility.
If, seized by an intolerable boredom, he had determined to be a painter merely to break with irksome ties, it would have been comprehensible, and commonplace; but commonplace is precisely what I felt he was not.
Therefore, let Art always remind us of them; therefore let us always have men ready to give the loving pains of a life to the faithful representing of commonplace things--men who see beauty in these commonplace things, and delight in showing how kindly the light of heaven falls on them.
For the Snark's a peculiar creature, that won't Be caught in a commonplace way.
I have subdued him entirely by sentiment and serious conversation, and made him, I may venture to say, at least half in love with me, without the semblance of the most commonplace flirtation.
No philosopher was he-- just a plain, commonplace person gifted, for the time being, with a pathological indifference: the organ that he feared consequences with was torpid.
Crime is commonplace, existence is commonplace, and no qualities save those which are commonplace have any function upon earth.
They had got just so far, and the conversation began to crystallise, as it could but do with the scanty stream which the commonplace world supplied.