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banal
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Definition uninteresting due to a lack of anything original or unusual

(editor's note:  This word is correctly pronounced differently by various educated speakers of American English.)
  • The movie was banal, but it led to a fascinating conversation.
banal = uninteresting due to a lack of anything original or unusual
  • The story was banal, but it had beautiful cinematography.
  • banal = too commonplace to be interesting
  • Everything has been said yet few have taken advantage of it. Since all our knowledge is essentially banal, it can only be of value to minds that are not.
    Raoul Vaneigem
  • Some quirk in human nature allows even the most unspeakable acts of evil to become banal within minutes, provided that they occur far enough away to pose no personal threat.
    Iris Chang
  • As we see in folk music quite often, emotion transforms what might otherwise be considered 'corny' (i.e. trite, banal, sentimental) music into valid, moving art.
    Don Ellis
  • And before I could offer the usual banal suggestions she confided in me.
    Conrad, Joseph  --  Under Western Eyes
  • Time is too valuable to hear banal information repeated.
    Robert Cormier  --  I Am the Cheese
  • banal = uninteresting due to a lack of anything original or unusual
  • such banalities as "You look so good I could just eat you up" ...
    Stephen King  --  Misery
  • banalities = things that are uninteresting due to a lack of anything original or unusual
  • she had failed to understand his apprehensive attempts to save their love from banality
    Milan Kundera  --  The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • banality = being uninteresting due to a lack of anything original or unusual
  • Effie makes me say a hundred banal phrases starting with a smile, while smiling, or ending with a smile.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • banal = uninteresting (due to a lack of anything original or unusual)
  • And so I told him the banal old stuff and he blessed me and dismissed me.
    David Almond  --  Clay
  • banal = uninteresting due to a lack of anything original or unusual
  • (Finally she forces herself to speak a banality:) Oh, Mama, you shouldn't have.
    Thornton Wilder  --  Our Town
  • banality = something uninteresting due to a lack of anything original or unusual
  • If one wants to appraise it, it is at once heroic and banal—but who wants to do that?
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • banal = uninteresting due to a lack of anything original or unusual
  • Was this so banal? Was this so unprofound and stupid?
    Tim O'Brien  --  Going After Cacciato
  • banal = uninteresting due to a lack of anything original or unusual
  • There's a certain kind of conversation you have from time to time at parties in New York about a new book. The word "banal" sometimes rears its by-now banal head; you say "under edited," I say "derivative." The conversation goes around and around various literary criticisms, and by the time it moves on one thing is clear: No one read the book; we just read the reviews.
    Anna Quindlen
  • Simon's voice had been so blithe, so banal, so completely ordinary.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • He hesitated, hating the banality of their conversation.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  True Believer
  • Confounded by this lapse into banality, Conseil left his sentence hanging.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • I'm thinking the most banal thing in the world: I am thinking that I don't want this to happen.
    John Green  --  Paper Towns
  • He was incapable of heroism, weak, banal, more spiritless than a woman, avaricious too, and cowardly.
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary

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