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
  1. noun
    a trite or obvious remark
    synonyms: bromide, cliche, commonplace, platitude
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    type of:
    comment, input, remark
    a statement that expresses a personal opinion or belief or adds information
    an obvious truth
  2. noun
    the quality of lacking interestingness
    synonyms: dullness
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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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