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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.
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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
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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.
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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
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banal

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banal

adjective
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Translations
banal
banální
itsestäänselvälattea
banal
banalnabanalnebanalnibanalny
banal

banal

[bəˈnɑːl] ADJbanal
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banal

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

adjbanal
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banal

[bəˈnɑːl] adjbanale
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Another reason for Van Overbeke's book of anecdotes not complying with the (controlled) humor reflected in jest-books is that in everyday life the man on the street continued to laugh at the same banalities. Whereas jest-books indicate change and discontinuity in what was laughed at, personal documents betoken slower mutations caused by societal changes.