banality

noun
ba·​nal·​i·​ty | \ bə-ˈna-lə-tē How to pronounce banality (audio) , bā- also ba- How to pronounce banality (audio) \
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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Recent Examples on the Web Instead of the banality of rule committees and their mandates for inclusiveness, who will lead this party now depends on who has the best lawyers, who has the money to pay them. Kyle Whitmire, al, "Dueling Dem party chairs: One has a key, the other says she has a gun," 16 Nov. 2019 The movie shows us Hawkins’ professional failures not to complicate our feelings toward him — there is no chance of that — but rather to suggest his banality, the transparent mediocrity that lurks behind his moral void. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: ‘The Nightingale’ is a brilliant, horrifying tale of revenge," 15 Aug. 2019 Tuello handed her a cup of coffee, just one human in a free, caffeine-permitting country to another, and the ordinariness of it—the banality, maybe—felt somehow obscene. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "When Women Are Accused of Complicity," 17 Aug. 2019 The movie shows us Hawkins’ professional failures not to complicate our feelings toward him — there is no chance of that — but rather to suggest his banality, the transparent mediocrity that lurks behind his moral void. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: ‘The Nightingale’ is a brilliant, horrifying tale of revenge," 15 Aug. 2019 The movie shows us Hawkins’ professional failures not to complicate our feelings toward him — there is no chance of that — but rather to suggest his banality, the transparent mediocrity that lurks behind his moral void. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: ‘The Nightingale’ is a brilliant, horrifying tale of revenge," 15 Aug. 2019 The movie shows us Hawkins’ professional failures not to complicate our feelings toward him — there is no chance of that — but rather to suggest his banality, the transparent mediocrity that lurks behind his moral void. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: ‘The Nightingale’ is a brilliant, horrifying tale of revenge," 15 Aug. 2019 The movie shows us Hawkins’ professional failures not to complicate our feelings toward him — there is no chance of that — but rather to suggest his banality, the transparent mediocrity that lurks behind his moral void. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: ‘The Nightingale’ is a brilliant, horrifying tale of revenge," 15 Aug. 2019 The movie shows us Hawkins’ professional failures not to complicate our feelings toward him — there is no chance of that — but rather to suggest his banality, the transparent mediocrity that lurks behind his moral void. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: ‘The Nightingale’ is a brilliant, horrifying tale of revenge," 15 Aug. 2019

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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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The first known use of banality was in 1821

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29 Nov 2019

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“Banality.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/banality. Accessed 11 December 2019.

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banality

noun
How to pronounce banality (audio) How to pronounce banality (audio)

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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