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mundanity

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n mundanity the quality of being commonplace and ordinary
    • n mundanity the quality or character of being intellectually sophisticated and worldly through cultivation or experience or disillusionment
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Mundanity Worldliness.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n mundanity The quality of being mundane; worldliness; worldly feelings; the way of the world.
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Quotations

  • Yuan-Wu
    Yuan-Wu
    “There are no mundane things outside of Buddhism, and there is no Buddhism outside of mundane things.”

Usage

In literature:

His eyebrows were enormously large and bushy, and from under them he glared at his mundane surroundings.
"Buccaneers and Pirates of Our Coasts" by Frank Richard Stockton
He naturally thought such mundane things could not interest me on my wedding night.
"Man and Maid" by Elinor Glyn
It was a mundane and slightly ridiculous line of work; but, as Harrisbourg explained, even criminals must eat.
"The Status Civilization" by Robert Sheckley
Mr. Gladstone now had this fatal law of mundane things brought home to him.
"The Life of William Ewart Gladstone, Vol. 1 (of 3)" by John Morley
But the New Englander promptly applied himself to the mundane pursuit of cod and mackerel.
"The Old Coast Road" by Agnes Rothery
But Rosalie was in the realms of the gods and far above such mundane matters as a luncheon roll's eccentricities.
"Peggy Stewart at School" by Gabrielle E. Jackson
In this dearth of mundane satisfaction, we contract politic alliances with shadows.
"The Best of the World's Classics, Vol. V (of X) - Great Britain and Ireland III" by Various
Our opponents hold out for mundane origin of all black rains.
"The Book of the Damned" by Charles Fort
His theological knowledge was brought to bear upon the most mundane subjects.
"The Philippine Islands" by John Foreman
In their midst one breathes a certain heady vapor of mundanity.
"The Simple Life" by Charles Wagner
It's always an effort to Jacky to come down to mundane things.
"The Lady of the Basement Flat" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
There is no more of mundane bliss.
"The War Trail" by Mayne Reid
He is a mundane, but is not vicious.
"Journal of Jasper Danckaerts, 1679-1680" by Jasper Danckaerts
It was in the Meeker front room that he first realized his mundane existence was in danger.
"The Best Short Stories of 1919" by Various
Nothing was too mundane to be transformed by the holiday's magic into a thing mystic and unreal.
"Carl and the Cotton Gin" by Sara Ware Bassett
I returned from Dalton by a mundane road.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 18, No. 107, September, 1866" by Various
Now, when the foolish girl disappeared behind the door, I turned away from the gate full of anger at all mundane things.
"A Little Union Scout" by Joel Chandler Harris
One might be saintly in soul, yet do indiscreet things in this mundane world.
"For the Soul of Rafael" by Marah Ellis Ryan
The growth of plants and animals illustrates the highest kind of change which is possible in the sublunary or mundane sphere.
"Reconstruction in Philosophy" by John Dewey
Then, suddenly, I heard voices, and I was brought back from things intangible and mysterious to things mundane.
"The Passion for Life" by Joseph Hocking
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In poetry:

Of all the teeming millions now
Upon this mundane sphere,
Not one can give a reason
For his living presence here.
"Fragments" by Jared Barhite
Or leaving mundane matters
For themes more strange and high,
How millions now living
Will never need tot die. . . .
"The Misanthrope" by Cicely Fox Smith
Then Liberty's form may sink in dust;
But loyal sons shall transported be
From the mundane scenes of moth and rust,
To the perfect home of Liberty.
"Liberty" by Jared Barhite
"Here lies the man I should not be
By all stern rules of life.
The man who's plagued and hampered me
All through this mundane strife.
A lazy, loafing knave was he....
But, sooth, he was fine company."
"The Corpse That Won't Lie Still" by C J Dennis
The mundane language of the senses sings
Its own interpretations. Common things
Become, by virtue of their commonness,
An argument against their nakedness
That dies of cold to find the truth it brings.
"Philosophy" by Nissim Ezekiel
Trailing its telltale tatters only at the outermost
Fringe of mundane vision, this ghost goes
Hand aloft, goodbye, goodbye, not down
Into the rocky gizzard of the earth,
But toward a region where our thick atmosphere
"The Ghost's Leavetaking" by Sylvia Plath

In news:

There is no such thing as a mundane product or mundane business.
' On the other hand, life is lived and community is formed primarily in the small, seemingly mundane things that we do — or don't do.
Oliveto co-owner Bob Klein may run one of the East Bay's most celebrated restaurants, but he has never been interested in doing mundane wine dinners.
A Harvard professor and founder of the ArtScience labs, Edwards concocts devices that combine art and engineering to rethink some of America's most mundane practices.
The tastiest pickles I've made are from cauliflower, unripe tomatoes, okra, even the mundane cucumber -- anything that's not too ripe and soft.
NEW YORK — It was a mun­dane end to an elec­tri­fy­ing week on the stock market.
The Voice isn't a show about me going shopping or complaining about stupid f***ing mundane s*** that no one should ever complain about.
Maybe when you work in the World's Most Famous Building, the extraordinary becomes the mundane.
The stats were all too familiar from their other losses, almost too mundane to go over again: 19 turnovers, 41.3% shooting, 62.5% free-throw accuracy.
The month of March was very mundane when it came to the weather.
Don't offer them anything as mundane as ice cream, though.
It was an otherwise mundane Thursday night in February, but when Poet Laureate W.S.
The fun, stylish pattern is perfect for the summer and can instantly break up a mundane wardrobe and bring it to life.
A mundane look at 'The Last Days of Pompeii '.
Let's see how to make that official WSDOT traffic post a little less mundane.
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In science:

On a more mundane level, the evidence presented above for chaos in the spherical shell model comes mainly from the sd–shell.
Random Matrices and Chaos in Nuclear Physics
The most mundane and apparently uncomplicated situations could provide examples — such as Robert Shaw’s88 strange attractor arising from an appropriately paced dripping tap.
Definability in the Real Universe
The onus of herding the mundane and tiresome details of credential security shifts from humans to software.
KeyAuth: Bringing Public-key Authentication to the Masses
Discussions with colleagues have shown that the very mundane facts about statistics quoted above are not well perceived. A very simple example is therefore presented to illustrate the issue.
What is the statistical significance of the solar neutrino flux problem?
Indeed, from the experimental standpoint, they might seem to be merely exotic interpretations for what could be explained by far more mundane physical effects in quantum electrodynamics, quantum optics, and hydrodynamics.
Noninertial quantum mechanical fluctuations
The background from mundane cosmic ray processes should be relatively smaller (a smaller fraction of the annihilation signal) at low energies than for antiprotons. A signal may be detectable in experiments such as AMS and GAPS, as seen in the bottom right of Fig. 4.
Improved constraints on supersymmetric dark matter from muon g-2
However, in my view, before making too strong claims one must check that there are not more mundane answers (like QCD, or final state corrections) which could affect Penguin B-decay modes.
Theory Summary of the Electroweak Session for Moriond 2005
This w ould be great, but are there more mundane explanations? Attempts to modify the electron and proton spectra from the locally measured spectra do not describe the shape of the EGRET data in all sky directions, as discussed in detail before by comparing the EGRET data with the “optimized model”.
EGRET Excess of Diffuse Galactic Gamma Rays as Tracer of Dark Matter
Does it also help us understand the large size? At first it may appear that this effect is a rather simple and mundane one; it would happen for any string in any theory, so it does not seem to have much to do with string theory or black holes.
The quantum structure of black holes
From the point of view of a twodimensional conformal field theory, there is no compelling reason that there should be a target space with any conventional geometric interpretation; one expects that relatively few string compactifications will use something as mundane as a manifold.
Lectures on Nongeometric Flux Compactifications
The easiest way to see the issue is to consider not an actual Fayet-Iliopoulos term, but another term rather closely related and even more mundane: the K¨ahler potential.
Conserved supercurrents and Fayet-Iliopoulos terms in supergravity
Note that the measurement is made over a wide rapidity range; this is crucial if possible new physics is to be separated from more mundane old physics, such as lack of knowledge of PDFs at low/high x .
QCD: Experimental Review
The most important question is whether there is a “mundane” explanation for the deficit or is a new physics explanation called for? Let us consider the mundane explanations. (i) Perhaps the e/µ identification in the water Cerenkov detectors is simply wrong.
Solar and atmospheric neutrinos
One thinks immediately of ν − ¯ν annilation into e+ − e− pairs, which is effective only near the neutrinospheres, where heating and cooling processes are always dominated by the more mundane charged–current absorptions on nucleons.
Towards a Synthesis of Core-Collapse Supernova Theory
We now have the ingredients necessary for the mundane fact that nuclear C∗ -algebras with property T are finite dimensional plus something traceless.
Kazhdan's Property T and C*-algebras
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