Definition of mundane in English:


Pronunciation: /mʌnˈdeɪn//ˈmʌndeɪn/


  • 1Lacking interest or excitement; dull.

    ‘his mundane, humdrum existence’
    • ‘Her conversation was mundane and her interests narrow.’
    • ‘We put fancy, bubbly skins on the dull and mundane and think that we're making it all more interesting.’
    • ‘The next day was as boring, mundane, unexciting, humdrum, dull, tedious, uneventful and monotonous as usual.’
    • ‘It overlooks the mundane reality of everyday policing, which is often boring, messy, petty, trivial and venal.’
    • ‘But its in the execution and delivery that these common themes are saved from becoming mundane and boring.’
    • ‘Those acronyms, some might say, are designed to add a hint of excitement to an otherwise mundane and dull industry.’
    • ‘They just wanted to see something exciting happen, something to break up the mundane humdrum of everyday life.’
    • ‘It is has been really relaxing and all the mundane hassles of normal day-to-day life seem a million miles away.’
    • ‘We all joked about the mundane and unexciting routines which the majority of us shared with girlfriends and wives.’
    • ‘Coupled with the fact that the main thrust of all the stuff I've done lately is repetitive, mundane, monotonous data entry.’
    • ‘In fact, it's almost easy to not read beyond her almost lyrical prose that makes the most mundane of everyday routines fascinating.’
    • ‘I apologize to any readers who spent valuable minutes reading limitless minutiae about my mundane existence.’
    • ‘Stacked ahead of me are the dull and mundane tasks that'd bore anyone with an IQ higher than their pants size.’
    • ‘It is also full of the mundane, the pedestrian and the downright dull and ugly.’
    • ‘Just as today, in the past a great deal of rubbish was generated by the mundane activities of everyday existence.’
    • ‘Brands that stand out here take an otherwise ordinary and mundane activity and make it more interesting and engaging.’
    • ‘The truth is far more mundane and less interesting than the story might suggest.’
    • ‘She has the happy knack of making the most mundane report appear interesting.’
    • ‘One of the strangest things that happens to you when you are raising a toddler is how the normally mundane things get you incredibly excited.’
    • ‘But underneath all the excitement lurk the mundane pressures of the daily grind.’
    humdrum, dull, boring, tedious, monotonous, tiresome, wearisome, prosaic, unexciting, uninteresting, uneventful, unvarying, unvaried, unremarkable, repetitive, repetitious, routine, ordinary, everyday, day-to-day, quotidian, run-of-the-mill, commonplace, common, workaday, usual, pedestrian, customary, regular, normal
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  • 2Of this earthly world rather than a heavenly or spiritual one.

    ‘according to the Shinto doctrine, spirits of the dead can act upon the mundane world’
    • ‘The book's grand aims are filtered through his muddled mind, which has the unfortunate effect of making his spiritual quest seem mundane.’
    • ‘Such power can be put to use for achieving mundane objectives or spiritual advancement.’
    • ‘In relating to the activities in life, whether spiritual or mundane, their sense of workability disappears, and they face a state of bleakness.’
    • ‘In three separate films, he finds the meditational and spiritual in relatively mundane images.’
    • ‘It's your own world where the mundane things of life are relegated to the background while spirited things take over.’
    • ‘Such seemingly spiritual forms are sometimes offset by the depiction of something mundane.’
    • ‘Because God is in everything and everyone, the most mundane activity is regarded as a spiritual activity.’
    • ‘Again, this is in an effort to help the people of the tribe live in accord with spiritual and mundane realities.’
    • ‘An interest in mundane evil can also be found in retellings of more traditional stories.’
    • ‘To increase the dosage of awe and joy in daily life, transform the mundane into something more spiritual.’
    • ‘The Japanese elevated the mundane practice of drinking tea to a spiritual discipline.’
    • ‘Jewish spirituality comes through grappling with the mundane world in a way that uplifts and elevates.’
    • ‘The diary juxtaposes the profound and the mundane, rather like life itself.’
    • ‘True transcendentalists have no interest in mundane material life.’
    • ‘Monks, nomads and family members needed attention - spiritual, medical and mundane.’
    • ‘The focus is on trees that have served as mediators between mundane human life and spiritual or ancestral realms.’
    • ‘The other major technique used to maintain a view of the sacred and the spiritual is to reframe the mundane in spiritual terms.’
    • ‘Sitting by a river meditating is nice, but real spirituality comes from making the mundane sacred.’
    earthly, worldly, terrestrial, material, temporal, secular, non-spiritual, fleshly, carnal, sensual
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    1. 2.1Relating to or denoting the branch of astrology that deals with the prediction of earthly events.
      • ‘The second is mundane astrology, concerning the rise and fall of kingdoms, battles, revolutions, etc.’
      • ‘The lowest branch of mundane, kings and potentates, is but a short step from natal astrology.’
      • ‘Its influence was always dreaded in mundane astrology, being unfavorable to the farmer's work.’
      • ‘Every indication is negative for peace as far as mundane astrology is concerned.’


Late Middle English (in mundane): from Old French mondain, from late Latin mundanus, from Latin mundus world. mundane dates from the late 19th century.