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- enPR: bənăl'ĭti, IPA(key): /bəˈnælɨti/
- Rhymes: -ælɨti
- enPR: bānăl'ĭti, IPA(key): /beɪˈnælɨti/
- Rhymes: -ælɨti
- (uncountable) The quality of being banal.
- Synonym: (partial) bathos
- 1997, Edward S. Herman, Triumph of the Market: Essays on Economics, Politics, and the Media, Black Rose Books Ltd. (→ISBN), page 97:
- The concept of the banality of evil came into prominence following the publication of Hannah Arendt's 1963 book Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil, which was based on the trial of Adolph Eichmann in Jerusalem.
- (countable) Something which is banal.
- (rare, historical) A feudal right or obligation, especially the obligation for a peasant to grind grain at the lord's mill, or the profits accruing from such rights.
- 1892, William Klapp Williams, The Dawn of Italian Independence: Italy from the Congress of Vienna, 1814, to the Fall of Venice, 1849, volume 1, page 176:
- The law of banality, one of the most oppressive products of feudalism, was revived for the advantage of the nobility.
- 1984, Sheldon J. Watts, A Social History of Western Europe, 1450–1720: Tensions and Solidarities among Rural People, page 106:
- Other banalities included the lord's exclusive right to hunt over the land, his monopoly over fishing, and his right to keep the dove-cote whose feathery occupants ate a peasant's standing crops.
- 1986, Pierre Goubert, Ian Patterson, transl., The French Peasantry in the Seventeenth Century, page 218:
- In fact corvées, champarts, and rights of banality not only continued but had been increased in the course of the seventeenth century.
quality of being banal
something which is banal