Usage examples for banal

  1. 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
  2. Our life was wholly external, normal, quiet, and uneventful; conversation banal- Mrs. Franklyn's conversation in particular. – The Damned by Algernon Blackwood
  3. Isn't that rather banal? – Imaginary Interviews by W. D. Howells
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  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. On one night of one particularly troublesome week without a letter he went to sleep from his banal world at an empty table and dreamed his anything but banal dreams. – Corpus of a Siam Mosquito by Steven Sills
  9. 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
  10. You're as pleasant and as banal as a public garden. – Barks and Purrs by Colette Willy, aka Colette Translated by Maire Kelly
  11. We fell into a discussion of present and future needs; of ways and means for keeping my friends utterly in the dark concerning her presence in the abandoned east wing; and of what we were pleased to allude to as " separate maintenance," employing a phrase that might have been considered distasteful and even banal under ordinary conditions. – A Fool and His Money by George Barr McCutcheon
  12. A banal newspaper novel could rob you completely of your spiritual equanimity. – The Goose Man by Jacob Wassermann
  13. It is banal to say that a girl can usually tell. – The Book of Business Etiquette by Nella Henney
  14. And the fact that she was to meet him at Cannon Street Station would almost, she feared, make the meeting itself banal, sordid. – The Literary Sense by E. Nesbit
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. Its music is better, less banal than the words, and, sometimes, almost excellent. – Definitions by Henry Seidel Canby
  18. 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
  19. Oh, how beastly banal of you, Treplin! – The Snow-Burner by Henry Oyen
  20. 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