banality

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noun ba·nal·i·ty \ bə-ˈna-lə-tē , bā- also ba- \

Definition of banality

plural banalities
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

Examples of banality in a Sentence

  1. The trip offers an escape from the banalities of daily life.

  2. We exchanged banalities about the weather.

  3. The writing never rose above banality.

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Origin and Etymology of banality

see banal


BANALITY Defined for English Language Learners

banality

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Definition of banality for English Language Learners

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

  • : the quality of being ordinary or banal



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