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So lacking in originality as to be obvious and boring.‘songs with banal, repeated words’
trite, hackneyed, clichéd, platitudinous, vapid, commonplace, ordinary, common, stock, conventional, stereotyped, predictable, overused, overdone, overworked, stale, worn out, time-worn, tired, threadbare, hoary, hack, unimaginative, unoriginal, derivative, uninspired, prosaic, dull, boring, pedestrian, run-of-the-mill, routine, humdrumold hat, corny, played out, hackycornball, dime-storetruistic, bromidicView synonyms
- ‘I find most New Age spiritual music to be boring and banal but I've met a lot of people that find great use for it.’
- ‘The outcome of this populist turn is the celebration of the ordinary and the banal.’
- ‘People are always trotting out banal statistics and clichés to placate those who appear to be in a spot of bother.’
- ‘The album avoids being banal and predictable because he is not afraid to fully use his voice to emote.’
- ‘A song which can appeal to non-native speakers is obviously going to have relatively banal lyrics.’
- ‘While some of the book's guidelines are common sense, others are banal.’
- ‘Ray's comments swerved from the banal, to the solid and sober, like all good reporters.’
- ‘The banal and obvious truth is that life and a country are largely what you make of them.’
- ‘The real opposite of the sublime is, of course, the intransigently banal and commonsensical.’
- ‘The play pokes fun at these dialogues through characters having banal conversations.’
- ‘No one can get excited about the most boring and banal of road stops like this guy.’
- ‘So expertly dissected that it's like all great satire - banal in its accuracy and attention to detail.’
- ‘Her comments are so threadbare and banal, that her role smacks of the worst kind of tokenism.’
- ‘As long as domesticated TV reigns supreme, our fascination with the banal will surely continue.’
- ‘She loathes Hollywood, finds it distasteful and banal, hates the idea of her art being tainted by commerce.’
- ‘I suspect that he thinks he is one, which is why we are occasionally treated to comments that to most people appear banal.’
- ‘I made a long list of quite banal and boring questions that I went through and asked this man.’
- ‘This outcome has become a banal tautology repeated in every pharmaceutical marketing article.’
- ‘It doesn't really say anything new and tells its story in the most banal and predictable manner possible.’
- ‘What followed was flagrant musical bankruptcy and the insufferable drone of banal music.’
Mid 18th century (originally relating to feudal service in the sense ‘compulsory’, hence ‘common to all’): from French, from ban a proclamation or call to arms; ultimately of Germanic origin and related to ban.
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