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 for banal
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Banal \Ban"al\, a. [F., fr. ban an ordinance.]
     Commonplace; trivial; hackneyed; trite.
     [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  banal
      adj 1: repeated too often; overfamiliar through overuse;
             "bromidic sermons"; "his remarks were trite and
             commonplace"; "hackneyed phrases"; "a stock answer";
             "repeating threadbare jokes"; "parroting some timeworn
             axiom"; "the trite metaphor `hard as nails'" [syn:
             banal, commonplace, hackneyed, old-hat,
             shopworn, stock(a), threadbare, timeworn,
             tired, trite, well-worn]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  72 Moby Thesaurus words for "banal":
     asinine, average, back-number, bewhiskered, bland, bromidic,
     central, cliched, common, commonplace, corny, cut-and-dried,
     everyday, fade, familiar, fatuous, flat, fusty, hackney, hackneyed,
     hoary, humdrum, intermediary, intermediate, jejune, mean, medial,
     median, mediocre, medium, middle-of-the-road, middling,
     milk-and-water, moderate, moth-eaten, musty, namby-pamby, normal,
     old, old hat, ordinary, pedestrian, petty, platitudinous, routine,
     sapless, set, silly, simple, square, stale, standard, stereotyped,
     stock, threadbare, timeworn, tired, trite, trivial, truistic,
     unimaginative, unoriginal, usual, vapid, warmed-over, waterish,
     watery, well-known, well-worn, wishy-washy, worn, worn thin
  
  

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