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[buh-nal-i-tee, bey-]
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noun, plural ba·nal·i·ties.
  1. the condition or quality of being banal, or devoid of freshness or originality: the banality of everyday life.
  2. an instance of this: We sat around the dinner table exchanging banalities.
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Related Words for banality

platitude, plate, trivia, truism, triviality, adage, buzzword, saw, chestnut, corn, hokum, boiler, dullsville, prosaicism, prosaism

Word Origin and History for banality


1861, triteness, from French banalité "banality, commonplace," from banal (see banal).

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