Simple Definition of trite
: not interesting or effective because of being used too often : not fresh or original
Full Definition of trite
: hackneyed or boring from much use : not fresh or original
Examples of trite
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
Experts are always unique (their tritest pronouncements are packaged as news) … —Wendy Kaminer, New York Times Book Review, 11 Feb. 1990
Its wares are soiled with frequent handling; its styles are so hackneyed, trite, and homogeneous, they constitute a single style … —Joyce Carol Oates, The Profane Art, 1983
That argument has become trite.
<by the time the receiving line had ended, the bride and groom's thanks sounded trite and tired>
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
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