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
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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.
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