Meaning of banality in English:


Pronunciation /bəˈnalɪti/

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mass noun
  • The fact or condition of being banal; unoriginality.

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