Definition of banality in English:



  • [mass noun] The fact or condition of being banal; unoriginality:

    ‘there is an essential banality to the story he tells’
    [count noun] ‘the banalities of contemporary celebrity culture’
    • ‘Initially, what I found to be striking as I walked through the exhibition was its banality and quiet resonance.’
    • ‘Thus, Bellocchio establishes the central contradiction between ideological extremism and everyday banalities.’
    • ‘With the exception of the excellent Agenda programme, the rest of their home produced material rarely rises above the level of banality.’
    • ‘Intellectual snobbery is so over, I chided myself, before launching into an orgy of sheer, joyous banality.’
    • ‘The 44-page glossy booklet contains the usual banalities designed to mean all things to all men.’
    • ‘The idea smartly captures the banality of the relationship, highlighting the central idea by juxtaposing it against the action.’
    • ‘Still, Channel 5's current approach to the news is less noticeable for ideological taint than sheer banality.’
    • ‘Tours through North America and Britain are recounted with spirit-crushing banality.’
    • ‘Despite and because of the determined atmosphere of painful crisis in the book, Keith doesn't always avoid a thinly disguised, mournful banality.’
    • ‘The method of stringing anecdotes together with banalities has contributed, I believe, to the dearth of quality preaching in many churches.’
    • ‘As the project lurches toward banality, the characters plot, feud and leak to the newspapers, staging palace coups and office break-ins.’
    • ‘Most of the world's populations live in abysmal poverty, our governments are corrupt, and we lead meaningless lives of banality.’
    • ‘The air of studied banality persists even during moments of great importance.’
    • ‘The amount of background information in the link essays is generally superficial, sometimes to the point of banality.’
    • ‘Elements such as this can potentially add much character to a genre that's typically overwrought with banality.’
    • ‘We are forced to reimagine those images; he rescues that terrible footage from encroaching banality.’
    • ‘The wordless theatre of everyday life occasionally threatens to subside into banality.’
    • ‘Their initial banality allows them to be fulfilled, to take on another life, to free themselves of their own geographies.’
    • ‘The filmmaker has once again wrapped up crude banalities in shiny tin foil.’
    • ‘First the Gulf, then the Balkan campaigns honed the syntax of 24-hour reporting almost to the point of banality.’
    triteness, platitudinousness, vapidity, pedestrianism, conventionality, predictability, staleness, unimaginativeness, lack of originality, lack of inspiration, prosaicness, dullness, ordinariness
    platitude, cliché, truism, banal phrase, trite phrase, hackneyed phrase, overworked phrase, stock phrase, commonplace, old chestnut, bromide
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