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
- 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
- … 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
He made some banal remarks about the weather.
The writing was banal but the story was good.
Recent Examples of banal from the Web
The virtual apartment’s decor was banal: a white coffee table next to a sofa, a bowl of oranges on the kitchen counter, an Oriental rug on the floor.
There were brief hospital stays, but doctors found his symptoms bewildering, and offered diagnoses as banal as growing pains and as serious as cancer.
Leave it to Solange to inject some fresh air into something so banal.
The film is a vain, desperate plea to be seen and reacted to, a provocation whose gruesomeness becomes, by the end, banal.
From 1990 to 1992, they were replaced with thicker slabs of North Carolina granite, making the high-rise look even more banal.
Cathcart, grinning soul of banal evil, fixed on becoming a general and making the cover of Life.
Its imaginative universe expanded to allow for anything, including both banal functionaries and truly evil operators.
In a scene between Zama and one of his Spanish loves, they chatter in utterly banal tones while a black slave cools them down with a wooden fan.
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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.
boring, colorless, drab, dreary, dry, dull, dusty, flat, heavy, humdrum, leaden, monotonous, numbing, old, pedestrian, ponderous, prosaic, stodgy, stuffy, tame, tedious, tiresome, tiring, uninteresting, vapid, wearisome, weary, wearying;
Synonym Discussion of banal
- an insipid romance with platitudes on every page
- an exciting story given a vapid treatment
- although well-regarded in its day, the novel now seems flat
- a jejune and gassy speech
- a banal tale of unrequited love
- an inane interpretation of the play
BANAL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of banal for English Language Learners
: boring or ordinary : not interesting
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