[ UK /bˈe‍ɪnə‍l/ ]
[ US /bəˈnɑɫ/ ]
  1. repeated too often; overfamiliar through overuse
    a stock answer
    his remarks were trite and commonplace
    parroting some timeworn axiom
    bromidic sermons
    the trite metaphor `hard as nails'
    repeating threadbare jokes
    hackneyed phrases
    bromidic sermons
    a stock answer
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How To Use banal In A Sentence

  • ‘Fire kills’ is the banal but unarguable opening line of the introduction to John Prescott's new vision for the country's fire and rescue service.
  • What a great synthesis of the banality of everyday life with high tech and high culture.
  • This is a big reason to combat the creeping banalisation of cosmetic surgery as just another 'harmless' service offered by the booming beauty industry. The Times of India
  • A polite tongue provided a shield of tactful silence and banal pleasantries that staved off needless provocation and harm.
  • Ray's comments swerved from the banal, to the solid and sober, like all good reporters.
  • Ellis agrees that "that sequence does seem kind of cursory" – but only, he goes on, because Clay is so numbly affectless that even rape and torture would look banal to him. Bret Easton Ellis: 'So you're a misogynist, a racist – so what? Does it make your art less interesting?'
  • The mock-heroic style of the intertitles contrasts well with the banal visuals.
  • Kruger reprised banal images from the Eisenhower years, threw such admonitional captions as we don't need another hero, and presented her large, crisp montages in striking combinations of black, white and red. Graphic Content
  • While these catchphrases have been used and abused to the point of becoming banal, they are both historically accurate as well as symbolic of the attitudes that made the Apollo program in general a success.
  • The script is utterly banal. It is incredible that human minds can put such muck on to paper.
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