banality


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a trite expression or idea

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a trite or obvious remark

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The matter-of-fact tone is in striking contrast with its topic, underscoring the banality of television's treatment of our recent wars and its absurd sanitizing of battle.
Similarly, our reading and literature books have achieved the heights of banality.
The banality of television has infected even those films not made for it.
Clearly, the American bishops are determined to end the banality of much modern liturgical language.
It jumps back and forth between banality and exaggeration without zeroing in on a middle position.
Taking an inanimate object like a house, a car, or a jewel and linking it to the people who have come in contact with it one after the other, an author risks banality unless there is a rich inspiration that creates artistically satisfying situations.
See that sheer banality of evil - Ivan the Terrible at Treblinka Klaus Barbie at Lyons - old balding men who look like Santa Claus narrow their eyes and fry your children.
While Allen, as the scriptwriter, is blamable for the New Age banality with which this premise is fleshed out, it is his calm, elegant, strongly centered dancing that anchors the work.
A few observations betray by their banality the newness of men's history, as when Rotundo writes: "feminine beauty lured men willingly away from the familiar pleasure and security of male culture" or, "in the classroom, boys liked to pull pranks that would attract the girls' attention".
This was only one precursor of Arendt's own developed argument about "the banality of evil" in her book Eichmann in Jerusalem, in which a wealth of specifics about bureaucracy and mass murder are linked in a masterful way.
Category: Regular Column Bricks & Clicks by Kevin Fogarty, "The Banality of Failure," July 10; "E-retailing Still Stinks," October 9
The silent world of things, that domestic sphere familiar to the point of banality, here reveals unexpected twists in meaning.
Beleaguered might be a better word; it's mired in banality and its neighbours would surely unite to block so bold a structure today.
Determining which of the film's sins - hypocrisy or banality - is most egregious is best left to the individual.
It would have been a much more fitting name for a picture that attempts to elucidate the banality of an evildoer who was, let's be real, a serious homo.