banality

banality

[buh-nal-i-tee, bey-]
noun, plural banalities.
1.
the condition or quality of being banal, or devoid of freshness or originality: the banality of everyday life.
2.
an instance of this: We sat around the dinner table exchanging banalities.
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banal (bəˈnɑːl)
 
adj
lacking force or originality; trite; commonplace
 
[C18: from Old French: relating to compulsory feudal service, hence common to all, commonplace; from banban²]
 
banality
 
n
 
ba'nally
 
adv

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banality
1861, triteness, from Fr. banalité "banality, commonplace," from banal (see banal).
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