A banality is a trite, boring, or overused remark. That includes clichés like "life is short" and your basic small talk about the weather.

Banalities are sayings that almost everyone uses, and because they're so well-known, they've lost all their power. These expressions are clichéd and many people find them annoying. "When life hands you lemons, make lemonade" is one good example. When you're writing or speaking, you're much better off trying to find fresh language because one tends to hear the same old banalities again and again.

Definitions of banality

n a trite or obvious remark

bromide, cliche, commonplace, platitude
Type of:
comment, input, remark
a statement that expresses a personal opinion or belief or adds information
an obvious truth

n the quality of lacking interestingness

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boringness, dreariness, insipidity, insipidness
extreme dullness; lacking spirit or interest
tediousness, tedium, tiresomeness
dullness owing to length or slowness
jejuneness, jejunity, tameness, vapidity, vapidness
the quality of being vapid and unsophisticated
something tedious and boring
Type of:
inability to capture or hold one's interest

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