Banal

Pronunciation: [ buh-nal ]


Definition: adjective

devoid of freshness or originality; hackneyed; trite

Origin: Mid 18th century; French


Etymology: originally relating to feudal service in the sense ‘compulsory’, hence ‘common to all’: from French, from ban ‘a proclamation or call to arms’; ultimately of Germanic origin and related to ban


Usage:


Synonyms:

  • bland

  • corny

  • dumb

  • hackneyed

  • mundane

  • vapid

Antonyms:

  • intelligent

  • new

  • original

  • sharp

  • smart

  • uncommon

Example:

The professor's presentation was banal and many students fell asleep.

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