Bane, Banal, Bastion, Beget, Belabor and Beleaguer
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Banal (buh NAL, BANE ul) adj: unoriginal, ordinary
• The dinner conversation was so banal that Amanda fell asleep in her dessert dish.
• A banal statement is a boring, trite, and uncreative statement. It is a banality.
• What made Amanda fall asleep was the banality of the dinner conversation.
Bane (bane) n: poison, torment, cause of harm
• Bane means poison (wolf bane is a kind of poisonous plant), but the word is usually used figuratively.
• To say that someone is the bane of your existence is to say that that person poisons your enjoyment of life.
• Baneful means harmful.
Bastion (BAS chun) n: stronghold, fortress, fortified place
• Mrs. Garrett's classroom is a bastion of banality. That is, it's a place where originality seldom if ever makes its way inside.
• The robbers terrorized the village for several weeks and then escaped to their bastion high in the treacherous mountains.
Beget (bi GET) v: to give birth to, to create, to lead, to cause
• Those who lie should be creative and have good memories, since one lie leads often to another lie, which begets another.
Belabor (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.
• Mr. Irving spent the entire period belaboring the obvious. He made the same dumb observation over and over again.
Beleaguer (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.
• Oscar felt beleaguered at work. He was months behind in his assignments and he had little hope of catching up.
• The beleaguered President seldom emerged from the Oval Office as he struggled to deal with the growing scandal.
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