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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
- ‘The outcome of this populist turn is the celebration of the ordinary and the banal.’
- ‘The real opposite of the sublime is, of course, the intransigently banal and commonsensical.’
- ‘The banal and obvious truth is that life and a country are largely what you make of them.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘This outcome has become a banal tautology repeated in every pharmaceutical marketing article.’
- ‘A song which can appeal to non-native speakers is obviously going to have relatively banal lyrics.’
- ‘The album avoids being banal and predictable because he is not afraid to fully use his voice to emote.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Her comments are so threadbare and banal, that her role smacks of the worst kind of tokenism.’
- ‘I suspect that he thinks he is one, which is why we are occasionally treated to comments that to most people appear banal.’
- ‘It doesn't really say anything new and tells its story in the most banal and predictable manner possible.’
- ‘So expertly dissected that it's like all great satire - banal in its accuracy and attention to detail.’
- ‘What followed was flagrant musical bankruptcy and the insufferable drone of banal music.’
- ‘I made a long list of quite banal and boring questions that I went through and asked this man.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘No one can get excited about the most boring and banal of road stops like this guy.’
- ‘People are always trotting out banal statistics and clichés to placate those who appear to be in a spot of bother.’
- ‘The play pokes fun at these dialogues through characters having banal conversations.’
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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