Usage examples for banal

  1. Every one thinks I am so nice and cheerful, so " brave," all the banal things that are so comfortable to be. – Figures of Several Centuries by Arthur Symons
  2. Grizel stroked her nose, her eyes asking the question which would have been too banal in words. – An Unknown Lover by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
  3. When people talk to me of what is artistic and inartistic, of what is dramatic and not dramatic, of tendency, realism, and so on, I am bewildered, hesitatingly assent, and answer with banal half- truths not worth a brass farthing. – Letters of Anton Chekhov by Anton Chekhov Translated by Constance Garnett
  4. And now we have reached the grandest- oh, banal and abused word- of Chopin's compositions, the Fantaisie in F minor, op. – Chopin: The Man and His Music by James Huneker
  5. Its music is better, less banal than the words, and, sometimes, almost excellent. – Definitions by Henry Seidel Canby
  6. Oh, how beastly banal of you, Treplin! – The Snow-Burner by Henry Oyen
  7. It has become slightly banal from frequent repetition, likewise the C sharp minor study in opus 25. But of its beauty, balance and exceeding chastity there can be no doubt. – Chopin: The Man and His Music by James Huneker
  8. You're as pleasant and as banal as a public garden. – Barks and Purrs by Colette Willy, aka Colette Translated by Maire Kelly
  9. One can easily imagine Clemens's enthusiasm over a banal project like that; his impulses were always rainbow- hued, whether valuable or not; but it is curious that Howells should welcome and even encourage an enterprise so far removed from all the traditions of art. – Mark Twain, A Biography, 1835-1910, Complete The Personal And Literary Life Of Samuel Langhorne Clemens by Albert Bigelow Paine Last Updated: February 20, 2009
  10. When he strives for massive effects, however, he sometimes becomes futile, banal where he would be imposing; but he commands a charm which is insinuating in its moments of intimacy. – A Second Book of Operas by Henry Edward Krehbiel
  11. I murmured some banal apologia, miserably aware that one set of words is as futile as another when one has broken a woman's heart. – The Morals of Marcus Ordeyne by William J. Locke
  12. A banal newspaper novel could rob you completely of your spiritual equanimity. – The Goose Man by Jacob Wassermann
  13. Isn't that rather banal? – Imaginary Interviews by W. D. Howells
  14. For the rest, he is rich, and I have never heard him utter an opinion which was not derived from others or altogether banal. – The Turnstile by A. E. W. (Alfred Edward Woodley) Mason
  15. Our life was wholly external, normal, quiet, and uneventful; conversation banal- Mrs. Franklyn's conversation in particular. – The Damned by Algernon Blackwood
  16. It would have been commonplace to make out that you had poisoned half- a- dozen wives, and buried their bodies in the vaults of Saracinesca; it would have been banal to say that you were not yourself, but some one else; or to assert that you were a revolutionary agent in disguise, and that the real Giovanni had been murdered by you, who had taken his place without my discovering it,- very commonplace all that. – Saracinesca by F. Marion Crawford