banal
[ buh-nal ]
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Part of Speech adjective
Origin + 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
Synonyms
  • bland
  • corny
  • dumb
  • hackneyed
  • mundane
  • vapid
Antonyms
  • intelligent
  • new
  • original
  • sharp
  • smart
  • uncommon
Definition
devoid of freshness or originality; hackneyed; trite
Example
The professor's presentation was banal and many students fell asleep.
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