ba·nal·i·ty | \bə-ˈna-lə-tē, bā- also ba- \
plural banalities

Definition of banality 

1 : something that lacks originality, freshness, or novelty : something banal : commonplace

2 : the quality or state of lacking new or interesting qualities : the quality or state of being banal

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Examples of banality in a Sentence

The trip offers an escape from the banalities of daily life. We exchanged banalities about the weather. The writing never rose above banality.
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My God, again, Raheem there is banality after clich, after bromide. Fox News, "Meadows, Dershowitz react after Lisa Page defies subpoena," 12 July 2018 This has always been a favorite move of hers— to yoke together unrelated clauses, to bring together despair and banality (the novelist Fiona Maazel has called Nors the master of the conjunction). Parul Sehgal, New York Times, "A Darkly Comic Novel Stares Down a Life of Solitude," 22 May 2018 That bit of plotting might sound overly convenient, but Schrader, never pretending to be writing anything other than a polemic, gives it a terribly persuasive banality. Justin Chang,, "The bracing 'First Reformed,' starring a superb Ethan Hawke, resurrects Paul Schrader's career," 17 May 2018 Breslau perfectly conveys the banality and camaraderie of young women sharing a flat. Cate Mcquaid,, "A ThemToo movement for Parisian art," 14 June 2018 For Versatility Silver boasts go-with-everything style sans banality. Christine Lennon, WSJ, "Why the Shiny Nude Pump Must Die," 31 May 2018 There’s a fine line between profundity and banality. Jessica Zack, San Francisco Chronicle, "Michael Pollan gets stoned in his latest book, “How to Change Your Mind”," 21 May 2018 Understated to the point of banality or matter-of-fact to the point of history lesson, these scenes can’t compare to the fullness of Lepage’s childhood memories. Lily Janiak, San Francisco Chronicle, "In the memory palace of Robert Lepage’s ‘887,’ there are many mansions," 5 May 2018 One couple from Toronto worked hard, in our brief exchange, to make every conversational banality, every scrap of small talk, a vehicle for innuendo. Jenna Sauers, Harper's BAZAAR, "Inside a Hamptons Sex Party for the Elite," 29 June 2016

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First Known Use of banality

1821, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for banality

see banal

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Dictionary Entries near banality

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The first known use of banality was in 1821

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English Language Learners Definition of banality

: something that is boring or ordinary; especially : an uninteresting statement : a banal remark

: the quality of being ordinary or banal

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