from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Drearily commonplace and often predictable; trite: "Blunt language cannot hide a banal conception” ( James Wolcott).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Common in a boring way, to the point of being predictable; containing nothing new or fresh.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Commonplace; trivial; hackneyed; trite.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Subject to manorial rights; used in common: as, a banal mill or oven. See banality.
- Common; commonplace; hackneyed; trite; stale.
- Of or pertaining to a ban, or provincial governor: as, the royal banal court at Agram. See ban.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. repeated too often; overfamiliar through overuse
I found it impossibly hard, and watched in awe as they demonstrated what they described as banal, but which we found almost magical in its purity.
In his letter the pope said that in the wake of the sexual abuse crisis, the church had to be all the more watchful and attentive about who should become priests and ensure that future ministers do not succumb to what he called a banal and destructive sexuality.
Most interactions in the old Soviet Union were very banal from the '50's on.
"generals" had been dumbfounded by the disclosures, which he described as banal and in bad taste.
All these assertions merely recall the banal law that a phenomenon is simply the consequence of previous phenomena.
Used to be called banal, pandering, talk, but I think parsed to the LCD sounds much better.
The kind of nationalism we demonstrate is probably what Michael Billig (1995) called banal nationalism include the use of flag in everyday contexts, cheering for Manny Pacquiao, using symbols on money, popular expressions and turns of phrase, patriotic clubs, and the likes.
As a result, holding people for 48 hours without bringing formal charges has become "banal," the council complained.
I am not suggesting that all Christians subscribe to this kind of banal, market-driven theology.
It's meant to be haunted by a boy who killed himself but you can probably do without that kind of banal symbolism.