banal banal  /bə ˈnɑl/

Definition(s):

  • (adj) repeated too often; overfamiliar through overuse

Usage(s):

  1. The audience went for an enriching and uplifting experience but felt cheated when they had to endure a very banal musical production.
  2. With minute to minute updating by netizens from ground zero, television news appears more and more banal.
  3. It is clear that people do not even read the books that they pretend to discuss at literary parties as the conversation there is often banal and unfairly dismissive.

News

  1. The World Bank's Regulation Rankings: Flawed but Necessary

    The World Bank’s Doing Business rankings rate countries on the complexity and time taken to follow the official steps to set up and run a company. It may sound like a banal process, but the ranking has sparked a bitter international argument.
    on June 10, 2013     Source: BusinessWeek

  2. BuzzFeed hires Guardian bureau chief in latest push for influence

    BuzzFeed is in the process of a rapid-fire evolution from banal list site to serious news player. Its hiring of a senior Guardian journalist also reflects its enviable financial position.
    on June 10, 2013     Source: paidContent.org via Yahoo! Finance

  3. Possible future Google Glass lessons in Trulia's app

    Can Google Glass make the banal exciting? Trulia's new real estate Glass app could foretell part of the future of the wearable Internet. Originally posted at News - Internet & Media
    on June 8, 2013     Source: CNET

Quotes

  1. German couture legend Karl Lagerfeld told AFP: "I knew him very little but knew his work, which brought him a lot of success. I found his work very interesting and never banal," he added.
    on Feb 11, 2010 By: Karl Lagerfeld Source: AFP

  2. The experiment, as the Post reporter Gene Weingarten wrote, was "an unblinking assessment of public taste: In a banal setting at an inconvenient time, would beauty transcend?"
    on May 31, 2007 By: Gene Weingarten Source: Huffington Post (blog)

  3. "Havel gets attention in the West by saying banal, kitschy things," said Bohumil Dolezal, a leading rightist commentator who once worked for Klaus. "One who tries to be responsible for everything isn't responsible for anything."
    on Jul 25, 2008 By: Bohumil Doležal Source: International Herald Tribune

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