Definition of banality in US English:



  • 1The fact or condition of being banal; unoriginality.

    ‘there is an essential banality to the story he tells’
    • ‘The method of stringing anecdotes together with banalities has contributed, I believe, to the dearth of quality preaching in many churches.’
    • ‘Despite and because of the determined atmosphere of painful crisis in the book, Keith doesn't always avoid a thinly disguised, mournful banality.’
    • ‘The wordless theatre of everyday life occasionally threatens to subside into banality.’
    • ‘Elements such as this can potentially add much character to a genre that's typically overwrought with banality.’
    • ‘The amount of background information in the link essays is generally superficial, sometimes to the point of banality.’
    • ‘The idea smartly captures the banality of the relationship, highlighting the central idea by juxtaposing it against the action.’
    • ‘The air of studied banality persists even during moments of great importance.’
    • ‘The filmmaker has once again wrapped up crude banalities in shiny tin foil.’
    • ‘Tours through North America and Britain are recounted with spirit-crushing banality.’
    • ‘The 44-page glossy booklet contains the usual banalities designed to mean all things to all men.’
    • ‘Thus, Bellocchio establishes the central contradiction between ideological extremism and everyday banalities.’
    • ‘Initially, what I found to be striking as I walked through the exhibition was its banality and quiet resonance.’
    • ‘Most of the world's populations live in abysmal poverty, our governments are corrupt, and we lead meaningless lives of banality.’
    • ‘Their initial banality allows them to be fulfilled, to take on another life, to free themselves of their own geographies.’
    • ‘Intellectual snobbery is so over, I chided myself, before launching into an orgy of sheer, joyous banality.’
    • ‘As the project lurches toward banality, the characters plot, feud and leak to the newspapers, staging palace coups and office break-ins.’
    • ‘First the Gulf, then the Balkan campaigns honed the syntax of 24-hour reporting almost to the point of banality.’
    • ‘With the exception of the excellent Agenda programme, the rest of their home produced material rarely rises above the level of banality.’
    • ‘Still, Channel 5's current approach to the news is less noticeable for ideological taint than sheer banality.’
    • ‘We are forced to reimagine those images; he rescues that terrible footage from encroaching 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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    1. 1.1 Something that is banal.
      ‘the banalities of contemporary celebrity culture’
      • ‘They are here to save us from the utter banality of pop music.’
      • ‘Often emulated, but rarely equaled, his style was built around a sardonic impatience with the pomposities and banalities of public life.’
      • ‘There aren't too many hymns I loathe (I have a high tolerance for banality).’
      • ‘Her observations led her to the concept of "the banality of evil."’
      • ‘Unfortunately, the intertitles reveal a script of deadening banality.’
      • ‘The utter bankruptcy and banality of any claims to psychic abilities was made painfully obvious by the September 11 tragedies.’
      • ‘Sometimes there isn't room to say anything other than an obvious banality.’
      • ‘Any elderly engineer or factory worker can attest to the banality of the same tired day-to-day routines.’
      • ‘Morrisson transcends the banalities of young love by not persistently explaining the film to the audience.’
      • ‘All too often they think that our work can be reduced to the banalities of personality conflicts.’
      • ‘The sheer banality of the dialogue is breathtaking, smothering what little atmosphere is left in this now soulless saga.’
      • ‘Catholics often complain, with considerable justice, about the banality of the English translation of the Mass.’
      • ‘They are people strongly committed to the insipid, noncommittal banality of 60s folk music.’
      • ‘The obscurity of the material veiled deeper subtexts about the banality of life in the digital age.’
      • ‘The chatter of work, the banality of action.’
      • ‘Now the banality of her play at being helpless made me hate her.’
      • ‘But it's also about finding substance in the banalities of life.’
      • ‘The banality that passes for foreign policy here normally doesn't matter.’
      • ‘Lacking any markings of conformity, they could not be fitted into the banality of modern life.’
      • ‘Distant echoes of stories of the sea mingle with the banality of today's touristy beach life.’