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
That’s just one of many things that make little sense in this unconvincing journey, one that’s filled with banal, often repetitive chatter, clunky exposition and spotty acting.
Loading Part of a continuing series of lonely, banal dressing-room shots on speaking tour.
Inside the banal, 14-story tower are all the hallmarks of a run-of-the-mill, old-economy compound: cubicles, mostly blank walls, and library-like silence.
The mayoral bet over the World Series, a fall tradition as banal as a ballpark hot dog, took a sour turn this year when Los Angeles' chief executive stepped into an emotionally fraught debate over what is considered a local beer.
In relatively peaceful times, this approach could seem banal, as if the films are arguing for pieties that everyone already agrees on.
Unfortunately, the movie is weighed down by stock characters, dialogue riddled with banal platitudes, poor storytelling, and an over-reliance on genre conventions.
Questions like this can be banal or emanate from complex emotions.
Their music was an idealization of even the banal parts of L.A. This sort of beautiful summer day in the Valley, that kind of feeling.
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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
First Known Use: 1825See Words from the same year
Synonymswishy–washy, flat, insipid, milk-and-water, namby-pamby, watery
Antonymsfresh, new, novel, original, unclichéd, unhackneyed
Related Wordsunexciting, uninspiring, unrewarding; bland, boring, drab, dreary, dry, dull, heavy, humdrum, jading, leaden, lifeless, monotonous, pedestrian, ponderous, tedious, tiresome, tiring, uninteresting, vapid, wearisome, weary, wearying; inane; innocuous, inoffensive; mild, soft, subdued, tame, weak; common, commonplace, ordinary, stale, unexceptional
Near Antonymspiquant, poignant, pungent, racy, spicy; meaty, substantial; entertaining, exciting, galvanizing, inspiring, invigorating, thrilling
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
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