Learning English

Word: Banal

Banal [Adjective]

Sentence: He also, she wrote, “had an uncanny ability to complicate the obvious and sanctify the banal — just like a poet.” (Source: www.nytimes.com)

Meaning: Boring and obvious; Lacking in originality

How To Remember?

The item is so commonplace and unoriginal that if you banned it, you would have to “ban all“. Its not unique or interesting – boring as hell (assuming hell is boring, of course)!


Trite; Hackneyed; Hoary; Humdrum; Platitudinous; Prosaic.


Original; Fresh; Novel; Unhackneyed.

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[Which art is banal and which is not can also be a matter of perspective.]

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