banality banality  /bə ˈnæ lɪ ti/


  • (n) a trite or obvious remark


  1. What Hannah Arendt called the banality of evil has engendered an astonishing banality of explanation.
  2. It is a banality, a clich, but it is a point on which many Americans, possibly including Richard Nixon himself, seem confused.
  3. This address at Kenyon was vintage Wallace: a smart, occasionally meandering discussion of the issues that consumed him, from the banality of life to the meaning of consciousness.



  1. "He's the one that sought to mastermind my demise from the parliament," Mr Crean said. "I know the banality and the viciousness in him. Such a person, unless he's prepared to change his ways, should do the honourable thing and quit as deputy...
    on Mar 6, 2006 By: Simon Crean Source: The Age

  2. "People who liked Fight Club, I think will like this film a lot because on a deep psych level, it's about the same things," Norton says. "It's about fantasy as a desperate attempt to get away from the numbing banality of what the modern world...
    on Feb 23, 2007 By: Edward Norton Source: Courier Mail

  3. "Reading the transcript, I sort of had the ...... reaction that this was the banality of evil. Hearing this guy go through this incredible list. I did this and then I did that, so on and so forth," Gates said.
    on Mar 17, 2007 By: Robert Gates Source: The Conservative Voice

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