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From French banalité, from banal.

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banality (countable and uncountable, plural banalities)

  1. (uncountable) The quality of being banal.
    Synonym: bathos (partial)
    • 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.
  2. (countable) Something which is banal.

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