common place


ordinary; undistinguished or uninteresting; without individuality: a commonplace person.
trite; hackneyed; platitudinous: a commonplace remark.
a well-known, customary, or obvious remark; a trite or uninteresting saying.
anything common, ordinary, or uninteresting.
Archaic. a place or passage in a book or writing noted as important for reference or quotation.

1525–35; translation of Latin locus commūnis, itself translation of Greek koinòs tópos

commonplacely, adverb
commonplaceness, noun
uncommonplace, adjective

2. Commonplace, banal, hackneyed, stereotyped, trite describe words, remarks, and styles of expression that are lifeless and uninteresting. Commonplace characterizes thought that is dull, ordinary, and platitudinous: commonplace and boring. Something is banal that seems inane, insipid, and pointless: a heavy-handed and banal affirmation of the obvious. Hackneyed characterizes something that seems stale and worn out through overuse: a hackneyed comparison. Stereotyped emphasizes the fact that situations felt to be similar invariably call for the same thought in exactly the same form and the same words: so stereotyped as to seem automatic. Trite describes something that was originally striking and apt, but which has become so well-known and been so commonly used that all interest has been worn out of it: true but trite. 3. cliché, bromide, platitude, stereotype. Unabridged
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commonplace (ˈkɒmənˌpleɪs)
1.  ordinary; everyday: commonplace duties
2.  dull and obvious; trite: commonplace prose
3.  something dull and trite, esp a remark; platitude; truism
4.  a passage in a book marked for inclusion in a commonplace book, etc
5.  an ordinary or common thing
[C16: translation of Latin locus commūnis argument of wide application, translation of Greek koinos topos]

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Word Origin & History

1549, "a statement generally accepted," lit. translation of L. locus communis, from Gk. koinos topos "general topic." The adj. sense of "having nothing original" dates from 1609.
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