Examples of banal in a Sentence
The more banal, the more commonplace, the more predictable, the triter, the staler, the dumber, the better. —Don DeLillo, Mao II, 1991
… it seemed to me that computers have been used in ways that are salutary, in ways that are dangerous, banal and cruel, and in ways that seem harmless if a little silly. —Tracy Kidder, The Soul of a New Machine, 1981
The instructor's script is banal, relying heavily on images of waves on a beach or clouds in the sky. —Maxine Kumin, “Wintering Over,” 1979, in In Deep, 1987
He made some banal remarks about the weather.
The writing was banal but the story was good.
Recent Examples of banal from the Web
Typically enough, the narrative is banal and specific at once.
What was once reserved for the best, the most awe-inspiring and the wondrous is now routinely deployed for the mundane, the banal and the taste of fro-yo.
There’s a certain snobbism in the fashion world that positive, up, sunny things are banal.
The Sixth Sense's ending was shocking without being cheap, unforeseen without feeling deceptive, oddly comforting without seeming banal, and gave closure without looking lazy.
That is a notion at once banal and perennially useful to recall.
(Come to think of it, that rationale is pretty banal, too.)
The filmmakers have tried to replicate this experience by the use of sappy music and montages, and in the process have converted what was magical and extraordinary into what is banal and insipid.
Is Scalia seriously making the case that a banal political compromise within the negotiations from which bill eventually is produced can affect its ultimate constitutionality?
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How do you pronounce banal?
There are several pronunciations of banal, but the three most common are \BAY-nul\, \buh-NAHL\, and \buh-NAL\ (which rhymes with canal). The earliest pronunciation given in our dictionaries is the now-unused \BAN-ul\ (rhymes with “flannel); it is attested to in our dictionaries back to the 1800s, but has dropped out of use. \BAY-nul\ is the next oldest pronunciation. The more recent \buh-NAL\ and \buh-NAHL\ came about through French influence, since banal was borrowed into English from French, and those two pronunciations are closer to the French pronunciation of banal. All three pronunciations are acceptable in educated speech; \buh-NAL\ is currently the most common, followed by \BAY-nul\ and then \buh-NAHL. There is no reason to condemn any of them as incorrect.
Origin and Etymology of banal
French, from Middle French, of compulsory feudal service, possessed in common, commonplace, from ban
First Known Use: 1825
Synonym Discussion of banal
BANAL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of banal for English Language Learners
: boring or ordinary : not interesting
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