Banality
Banality Ba*nal"i*ty, n.; pl. {Banalities}. [F. banalit['e]. See {Banal}.] Something commonplace, hackneyed, or trivial; the commonplace, in speech. [1913 Webster]

The highest things were thus brought down to the banalities of discourse. --J. Morley. [1913 Webster]


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  • banality — banal ► ADJECTIVE ▪ tediously unoriginal or ordinary. DERIVATIVES banality noun (pl. banalities) banally adverb. ORIGIN originally meaning «compulsory», hence «common»: from French ban proclamation, summons …   English terms dictionary

  • banality — noun (plural ties) Date: 1861 1. something banal ; commonplace 2. the quality or state of being banal …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • banality — ba·nal·i·ty (bə nălʹĭ tē, bā ) n. pl. ba·nal·i·ties 1. The condition or quality of being banal; triviality. 2. Something that is trite, obvious, or predictable; a commonplace. * * * …   Universalium

  • banality — noun /bəˈnælɨti,beɪˈnælɨti/ a) The quality of being banal. b) Something which is banal. See Also: banal …   Wiktionary

  • Banality — The fees a feudal lord imposed for various usages, such as his mill, oven, etc. It might have included part of a fish catch or a proportion of the catch from a rabbit warren. Cf. Fornagium; Four banal …   Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

  • banality — Synonyms and related words: banalness, bromide, chestnut, cliche, commonness, commonplace, commonplace expression, commonplaceness, corn, corniness, familiar tune, familiarness, fustiness, hackneyed saying, hackneyedness, lieu commun, locus… …   Moby Thesaurus

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