ordinariness ordinariness


  • (n) the quality of being commonplace and ordinary



  1. In fact, his manner and his voice were basic to his success, creating an illusion of ordinariness.
  2. Damon uses the ordinariness of his appearance to help make Bourne invisible to his enemies, a working-class hero to the audience.
  3. Don't be put off by the title of Kaufman's epic about ordinariness.


  1. Kirby: No-frill Mormon chapels force focus on pulpit

    Driving through Cardston, Alberta, a couple of months ago, my wife commented on the number of LDS chapels in the city. Cardston looked just like Provo but with more cows. If you spend a lot of time in them, Mormon churches are easy to recognize on the road. They’re the ones that look like someone put a steeple on an elementary school or insurance office. The ordinariness is intentional. Mormon ...
    on September 5, 2013     Source: The Salt Lake Tribune

  2. The IRS puts its bureaucratic stamp on same-sex marriage

    Call it the affirmation of normalcy. Epic Supreme Court decisions, citizen referendums and initiatives, and legislative action in state capitols and the U.S. Congress can launch dramatic social change. Other events serve as welcome milestones of ordinariness and acceptance. One sure sign  of tw
    on September 3, 2013     Source: Seattle Times


  1. "Like many beloved film actors Mr. Radcliffe has an air of heightened ordinariness, of the everyday lad who snags your attention with an extra, possibly dangerous gleam of intensity," wrote Brantley, adding his "Alsatian-blue gaze" helped his...
    on Sep 26, 2008 By: Ben Brantley Source: Reuters

  2. "In order to carry out the function of killing, one must instill in that environment a sense of ordinariness," said Lifton.
    on Dec 4, 2008 By: Robert Jay Lifton Source: CNN International

  3. "After reading to Page 10," said Doyle, "I called Harvey from London and said I want to do this. It's a drama with songs almost like Clifford Odets or Arthur Miller. The script is about ordinariness and I have a real understanding of what...
    on Sep 16, 2007 By: John Doyle Source: San Diego Union Tribune

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