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ADJECTIVE (1)

1. repeated too often; overfamiliar through overuse;
- Example: "bromidic sermons"
- Example: "his remarks were trite and commonplace"
- Example: "hackneyed phrases"
- Example: "a stock answer"
- Example: "repeating threadbare jokes"
- Example: "parroting some timeworn axiom"
- Example: "the trite metaphor `hard as nails'"
[syn: banal, commonplace, hackneyed, old-hat, shopworn, stock(a), threadbare, timeworn, tired, trite, well-worn]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Banal \Ban"al\, a. [F., fr. ban an ordinance.] Commonplace; trivial; hackneyed; trite. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

banal adj 1: repeated too often; overfamiliar through overuse; "bromidic sermons"; "his remarks were trite and commonplace"; "hackneyed phrases"; "a stock answer"; "repeating threadbare jokes"; "parroting some timeworn axiom"; "the trite metaphor `hard as nails'" [syn: banal, commonplace, hackneyed, old-hat, shopworn, stock(a), threadbare, timeworn, tired, trite, well-worn]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

72 Moby Thesaurus words for "banal": asinine, average, back-number, bewhiskered, bland, bromidic, central, cliched, common, commonplace, corny, cut-and-dried, everyday, fade, familiar, fatuous, flat, fusty, hackney, hackneyed, hoary, humdrum, intermediary, intermediate, jejune, mean, medial, median, mediocre, medium, middle-of-the-road, middling, milk-and-water, moderate, moth-eaten, musty, namby-pamby, normal, old, old hat, ordinary, pedestrian, petty, platitudinous, routine, sapless, set, silly, simple, square, stale, standard, stereotyped, stock, threadbare, timeworn, tired, trite, trivial, truistic, unimaginative, unoriginal, usual, vapid, warmed-over, waterish, watery, well-known, well-worn, wishy-washy, worn, worn thin