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[ US /ˈkɑmənˌpɫeɪs/ ]
[ UK /kˈɒmənplˌe‍ɪs/ ]
  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
  2. completely ordinary and unremarkable
    commonplace everyday activities
    air travel has now become commonplace
  3. not challenging; dull and lacking excitement
    an unglamorous job greasing engines
  1. a trite or obvious remark
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How To Use commonplace In A Sentence

  • Scrabble to its list of more commonplace activity holidays, such as painting and gardening. Times, Sunday Times
  • No wonder that stories of its imminent demise are commonplace. Times, Sunday Times
  • Bibliomaniacs were censured, that is, for eschewing commonplace means of engaging the material traces of the literary past and commonplace means of cohabiting with the nation's literary tradition. "Wedded to Books': Bibliomania and the Romantic Essayists
  • In ancient Egypt, charismatic prophecy apparently was not commonplace, if it occurred at all, though institutional prophecy was of the greatest importance.
  • Rebecca "brings the vitality of herself -- her offhand sense of her own consequence"; Mizzy "feels like a fantasy he's having, his own dream of self, made manifest to others"; Peter exhibits an artist whose video installations show ordinary citizens in repeated commonplace actions, but these figures "do, of course, each of them, carry within them a jewel of self, not just the wounds and the hopes but an innerness. Alan Hollinghurst On Michael Cunningham
  • He frequently used such commonplace devices as rhetorical questions and other characteristic elements of diatribes.
  • An everyday tale of a commonplace ballet company!
  • his remarks were trite and commonplace
  • Upon the introduction of a new institution it is commonplace for analogies to be drawn with existing institutions.
  • Tangles were commonplace, mainly due to the fact that my rigs were shotted up wrong.
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