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banal

[buh-nal, -nahl, beyn-l] /bəˈnæl, -ˈnɑl, ˈbeɪn l/
adjective
1.
devoid of freshness or originality; hackneyed; trite:
a banal and sophomoric treatment of courage on the frontier.
Origin
1745-1755
1745-55; < French; Old French: pertaining to a ban (see ban2, -al1)
Related forms
banality
[buh-nal-i-tee, bey-] /bəˈnæl ɪ ti, beɪ-/ (Show IPA),
noun
banally, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for banally

banal

/bəˈnɑːl/
adjective
1.
lacking force or originality; trite; commonplace
Derived Forms
banality (bəˈnælɪtɪ) noun
banally, adverb
Word Origin
C18: from Old French: relating to compulsory feudal service, hence common to all, commonplace; from banban²
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Word Origin and History for banally

banal

adj.

"trite, commonplace," 1840, from French banal, "belonging to a manor, common, hackneyed, commonplace," from Old French banel "communal" (13c.), from ban "decree; legal control; announcement; authorization; payment for use of a communal oven, mill, etc." (see ban (v.)). The modern sense evolved from the word's use in designating things like ovens or mills that belonged to feudal serfs, or else compulsory military service; in either case it was generalized in French through "open to everyone" to "commonplace, ordinary," to "trite, petty."

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