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Below you will find the definition of banal, followed by 38 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.
banal(bə-nălˈ, bāˈnəl, bə-nälˈ)
(adjective) - repeated too often; overfamiliar through overuse
EXAMPLES - Banal in a Sentence
- Here had I been about to do the most 'banal' thing of all. (source)
- Discussion of the pronunciation of 'banal' warrants a link to (source)
- But this explanation seemed far too banal to explain the woman. (source)
- Most interactions in the old Soviet Union were very banal from the '50's on. (source)
- As I read the word "banal," I knew that Freud's theory of anality was coming up. (source)
- Others see it as the epitome of banal, meaningless posts and self-promotion run amok. (source)
- The new anthem was criticised as being 'banal' when an early draft was revealed last month. (source)
- To embark symbolically on a new life with a totally new car would have been irritatingly banal. (source)
- I am not suggesting that all Christians subscribe to this kind of banal, market-driven theology. (source)
- He was at his most banal when he attempted to be aphoristic in order to shut down a conversation. (source)
- In this sense, we are back to the same kind of banal journalism during the run-up to the war in Iraq. (source)
- Another short-term Pimco bond ETF with the more banal ticker TUZ, meanwhile, dropped much less steeply. (source)
- Though 'banal' certainly doesn't mean that it wouldn't provoke a reaction - lots of people hate banality. (source)
- It's meant to be haunted by a boy who killed himself but you can probably do without that kind of banal symbolism. (source)
- All these assertions merely recall the banal law that a phenomenon is simply the consequence of previous phenomena. (source)
- As a result, holding people for 48 hours without bringing formal charges has become "banal," the council complained. (source)
- Again Harrison agrees and calls "banal" the "deconstructionist notion of the essential undecidibility of literary texts". (source)
- Apart from that, I couldn't help feeling the songs were often melodically flat and lyrically out-there in a banal, meaningless way. (source)
- And for the moment poor Anthony represents to the emancipated youth of our time all that was "banal" and prosy some thirty years ago. (source)
- He also slammed the United Nations Security Council resolution on Gaza, calling it "banal", but praised Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez (source)
- Revel Horwood defends 'banal' Alesha Dixon after Strictly debut Alesha Dixon today and blasted the "horrendous" backlash directed at her. (source)
- He also slammed the United Nations Security Council resolution on Gaza, calling it "banal", but praised Venezuelan President Hogu Chavez for (source)
- The 'pathetic concerns' of us 'banal' idiots, believe it or not were the very concerns that made Britain stand out from the rest of the World. (source)
- Stevie's harmonies were a crucial element in that record's sound, so the airplay and good sales gradually invalidated banal jibes in the press. (source)
- I found it impossibly hard, and watched in awe as they demonstrated what they described as banal, but which we found almost magical in its purity. (source)
- What I wanted to tell Madam Ma was that even in her banal column of trashy and insignificant news items, the only true flavor was of moral squalor. (source)
- And it is a mystical - someone said its the only comic mystical poem because the mystical insight at the core of the poem is, if you say it, it sounds banal. (source)
- One empathizes with the banal life of the "Hard Knocks" crew, lugging heavy equipment to a movie theater to film Mr. Ryan taking his men to "Dinner with Schmucks." (source)
- Straight-talking TV host Paul Henry has put his foot in it again, calling his employer's programmes "banal" and "unwatchable", and questioning the taste and intelligence of the (source)
- But he says problems remain with "banal" homophobia, "things embedded in these old institutions, particularly some that have a religious angle to them, that makes for resistance". (source)
- He was doing well as well and the two of them laughed and exchanged the kind of banal conversation that comes when two people converse in a language they are nowhere near being fluent in. (source)
- Such an outlook may find the mourning rituals for a dead God meaningful in themselves, and more worthy of time and attention than the kind of banal satisfaction promoted on the London buses. (source)
- But if David Merritt, President of the United States, thought he could placate him with a few banal comments and then ease him out of the Oval Office with his glib talk and guileless smile, he was wrong. (source)
- "banal" correspondence between AWB executives about the kickbacks -- was "striking" in its tone, given they were aware the company was making payments to a regime that was the subject of sanctions by the UN. (source)
- I read this book a few weeks ago, before the purloined emails found their way onto a Russian server, which helps explains why I used words like "banal" to describe the correspondence that so many climate change pseudoskeptics find so shocking. (source)
- In his letter the pope said that in the wake of the sexual abuse crisis, the church had to be all the more watchful and attentive about who should become priests and ensure that future ministers do not succumb to what he called a banal and destructive sexuality. (source)
- The kind of nationalism we demonstrate is probably what Michael Billig (1995) called banal nationalism include the use of flag in everyday contexts, cheering for Manny Pacquiao, using symbols on money, popular expressions and turns of phrase, patriotic clubs, and the likes. (source)
- Henry, who as presenter of TV One's Breakfast has delivered sniggering put-downs of targets including a hirsute Greenpeace spokeswoman and British singer Susan Boyle, said "banal" stories on TV One's news show Close Up and its TV3 rival Campbell Live end up being some of the "most-watched, the most commented-upon stuff" on television. (source)
The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 38 example sentences provided below is 55.0, which suggests that "banal" is a fairly difficult word that is likely understood by a majority of individuals with an undergraduate degree, and may be found in ocassionaly in news articles or other forms of literature.
We have 40 synonyms for banal.
blah, bland, bromidic, common, conventional, cornball, cornfed, corny, dull as dishwater, dumb, everyday, flat, hackneyed, ho hum, hokey, humdrum, insipid, mundane, noplace, nothing, nowhere, old hat, ordinary, pabulum, pedestrian, platitudinous, square, stale, stereotyped, stock, stupid, tired, tripe, trite, unimaginative, unoriginal, vapid, watery, wishy-washy, zero
We have 7 antonyms for banal.
fresh, intelligent, new, original, sharp, smart, uncommon
PRONUNCIATION & SYLLABIFICATION
Pronunciation: (bə-nălˈ, bāˈnəl, bə-nälˈ)
View up to 25 definitions of banal from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.
from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- (adjective) Drearily commonplace and often predictable; trite: "Blunt language cannot hide a banal conception” ( James Wolcott).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- (adjective) Common in a boring way, to the point of being predictable; containing nothing new or fresh.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- (adjective) Commonplace; trivial; hackneyed; trite.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- (None) Subject to manorial rights; used in common: as, a banal mill or oven. See banality.
- (None) Common; commonplace; hackneyed; trite; stale.
- (None) Of or pertaining to a ban, or provincial governor: as, the royal banal court at Agram. See ban.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- (adjective) repeated too often; overfamiliar through overuse