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Definition of Commonplace


  1. Common; ordinary; trite; as, a commonplace person, or observation.
  2. An idea or expression wanting originality or interest; a trite or customary remark; a platitude.
  3. A memorandum; something to be frequently consulted or referred to.
  4. To enter in a commonplace book, or to reduce to general heads.
  5. To utter commonplaces; to indulge in platitudes.

Commonplace Quotations

Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary.
Cecil Beaton

To make mistakes is human; to stumble is commonplace; to be able to laugh at yourself is maturity.
William Arthur Ward

Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that's creativity.
Charles Mingus

One rare and exceptional deed is worth far more than a thousand commonplace ones.
Saint Ignatius

Life holds one great but quite commonplace mystery. Though shared by each of us and known to all, seldom rates a second thought. That mystery, which most of us take for granted and never think twice about, is time.
Michael Ende
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Commonplace Translations

commonplace in Afrikaans is alledaags
commonplace in Dutch is banaal, alledaags, afgezaagd
commonplace in German is Gemeinplatz
commonplace in Italian is luogo comune
commonplace in Spanish is trivialidad
commonplace in Swedish is vardaglig, trivial, alldaglig

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