trite


trite

adjective \ˈtrīt\

: not interesting or effective because of being used too often : not fresh or original

trit·ertrit·est

Full Definition of TRITE

:  hackneyed or boring from much use :  not fresh or original
trite·ly adverb
trite·ness noun

Examples of TRITE

  1. That argument has become trite.
  2. <by the time the receiving line had ended, the bride and groom's thanks sounded trite and tired>
  3. The wrong sort of built environment, she argued, wrecked the social fabric of cities. This view seems almost trite today, but in the 1960's it was insurgent. —Robert Kuttner, New York Times Book Review, 12 Mar. 2000

Origin of TRITE

Latin tritus, from past participle of terere to rub, wear away — more at throw
First Known Use: 1548

Synonym Discussion of TRITE

trite, hackneyed, stereotyped, threadbare mean lacking the freshness that evokes attention or interest. trite applies to a once effective phrase or idea spoiled from long familiarity <“you win some, you lose some” is a trite expression>. hackneyed stresses being worn out by overuse so as to become dull and meaningless <all of the metaphors and images in the poem are hackneyed>. stereotyped implies falling invariably into the same pattern or form <views of minorities that are stereotyped and out-of-date>. threadbare applies to what has been used until its possibilities of interest have been totally exhausted <a mystery novel with a threadbare plot>.

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