Terms in this set (11)
adj. dull or stale because of overuse; trite; hackneyed.
To wake up and realize your adventure was all a dream is a banal ending for a short story.
n. an idea or expression that has become stale due to overuse
"I'm so hungry I could eat a rhinoceros," gives an original twist to an old cliché.
adj. unoriginal; taken from something already existing.
"Write an original sci-fi story," instructed Mr. Schirmer, "not derivative fiction drawn from 2001: A Space Odyssey or The Time Machine."
adj. made commonplace by overuse; trite (n. hack, one who copies or imitates the work of others)
Miss Cole, our poetry teacher, said, "Because poets aim to create new insights, they shun hackneyed language."
adj. lacking flavor or taste; unexciting.
The conversation at dinner was so insipid that Monica fell asleep at the table.
adj. lacking vitality, energy, or brightness; boring.
Laura's lackluster grades may prevent her from going to a top college.
adj. commonplace; ordinary
In context: In contrast to the new and unusual, the mundane happenings of everyday existence are pretty dull.
n. quality of being dull; an obvious remark uttered as if it were original.
How Rick's poem won an award for originality boggles my mind, since it consists of nothing but platitudes.
adj. dull; commonplace
The novel Mr. and Mrs. Bridge is an indictment of an ordinary American couple who lead the dullest, most prosaic life imaginable.
adj. unoriginal and stale due to overuse.
Because my essay was filled with clichés, Mr. Gill red penciled "trite" all over it.
adj. lacking freshness and zest; flat; stale.
Behind every uninspiring, vapid TV sitcom, you'll find an empty-headed producer, director, and screenwriter.