Adjective "banal" definition and examples

(Banal may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)

Pronunciation

/bəˈnal//bəˈnɑːl/

Definitions and examples

adjective

So lacking in originality as to be obvious and boring.
  1. 'This outcome has become a banal tautology repeated in every pharmaceutical marketing article.'
  2. 'It doesn't really say anything new and tells its story in the most banal and predictable manner possible.'
  3. 'No one can get excited about the most boring and banal of road stops like this guy.'
  4. 'A song which can appeal to non-native speakers is obviously going to have relatively banal lyrics.'
  5. 'So expertly dissected that it's like all great satire - banal in its accuracy and attention to detail.'
  6. 'The real opposite of the sublime is, of course, the intransigently banal and commonsensical.'
  7. 'People are always trotting out banal statistics and clichés to placate those who appear to be in a spot of bother.'
  8. 'As long as domesticated TV reigns supreme, our fascination with the banal will surely continue.'
  9. 'The play pokes fun at these dialogues through characters having banal conversations.'
  10. 'Her comments are so threadbare and banal, that her role smacks of the worst kind of tokenism.'

More definitions

1. devoid of freshness or originality; hackneyed; trite: a banal and sophomoric treatment of courage on the frontier.

More examples(as adjective)

"statements can be banal."

"products can be banal."

"feelings can be banal."

"views can be banal."

"remarks can be banal."

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Origin

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.