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(buh NAL)

adj. unoriginal; ordinary
The dinner conversation was so banal that Amanda fell asleep in her dessert dish.

n. poison; torment; cause of harm
To say that someone is the bane of your existence is to say that that person poisons your enjoyment of life.
(BAS chun)

n. stronghold; fortress; fortified place
Mrs. Garnett's classroom is a bastion of banality; that is, it's a place where originality seldom if ever makes its way inside.
(bi GET)

v. to give birth to; to create; to lead to; to cause
Those who lie should be creative and have good memories, since one life often begets another lie, which begets another.
(bi LAY bur)

v. to go over repeatedly or to an absurd extent
For more than an hour, the boring speaker belabored his point about the challenge of foreign competition.
(bi LEE gur)

v. to surround; to besiege; to harass
No one could leave the beleaguered city; the attacking army had closed off all the exits.
(bi LYE)

v. to give a false impression of; to contradict
Melvine's smile belied the grief he was feeling.