banality
Pronunciation
  • enPR: bənăl'ĭti, IPA: /bəˈnælɨti/
  • enPR: bānăl'ĭti, IPA: /beɪˈnælɨti/

Noun

banality

  1. (uncountable) The quality of being banal.
    Synonyms: bathos
    • 1997, Edward S. Herman, Triumph of the Market: Essays on Economics, Politics, and the Media, Black Rose Books Ltd. (ISBN 9781551640631), page 97:
      The concept of the banality of evil came into prominence following the publication of Hannah Arendt's 1963 book Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil, which was based on the trial of Adolph Eichmann in Jerusalem.
  2. (countable) Something which is banal.
  3. (rare, historical) A feudal right or obligation, especially the obligation for a peasant to grind grain at the lord's mill, or the profits accruing from such rights.
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