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Definition of "banality" []

  • The condition or quality of being banal; triviality: The banality of the speaker's remarks put the audience to sleep. (noun)
  • Something that is trite, obvious, or predictable; a commonplace: Television commercials are full of banalities. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "banality" in a sentence
  • "Fighting a war against what he calls the banality of “blue-sky thinking”, society founder and book author Gavin Pretor-Pinney believes that clouds offer people on all continents a chance to see the world in a new way."
  • "Their "plain" styles are really just exercises in banality, studiously avoiding the "literary" because to attempt something other than bare proficiency would reveal the aesthetic void at the core of their work."
  • "They talk of "fun" and "safety," and they sink us in banality and boredom."