\ ˈtrīt How to pronounce trite (audio) \
triter; tritest

Definition of trite

: hackneyed or boring from much use : not fresh or original

Other Words from trite

tritely adverb
triteness noun

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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 views of minorities that are stereotyped and out-of-date threadbare applies to what has been used until its possibilities of interest have been totally exhausted.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

Examples of trite in a Sentence

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
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Recent Examples on the Web In isolation, these stories might feel trite, or a little maudlin. The New Yorker, 6 Dec. 2021 The tidiness of a theme can cut both ways: A structure that can feel neatly organized may feel trite and overdetermined if the thematic emphasis isn’t flexible enough or if the variations on the theme don’t allow for surprise. Kathryn Vanarendonk, Vulture, 30 Oct. 2021 Monkman’s not a bad artist, but both paintings, taking up so much space and in the Great Hall, suggest flash and sparkle but also unseriousness and a grasping after oohs and ahhs that seems trite, even silly. Brian T. Allen, National Review, 4 Nov. 2021 The fashion industry has often been trite in its relation to reality, prizing aspiration over truthfulness, but Kamara marries both in a forthright, canny way. Steff Yotka, Vogue, 22 Nov. 2021 While this may sound trite and obvious, winning the hearts and minds of those adopting the technology is not. Charlie Burgoyne, Forbes, 12 Oct. 2021 So, here are three modest gender-reveal ideas, all of which do away with the trite pink-or-blue conceit. Washington Post, 20 May 2021 It’s probably trite and silly to soome, a show about gay men who get in drag and walk down the runway. Lynette Rice,, 12 Aug. 2021 Rick really pushed me to stop being so damn metaphorical and be a little bit more on the nose, and not corny and not too trite. Steve Baltin, Forbes, 3 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of trite

1548, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for trite

Latin tritus, from past participle of terere to rub, wear away — more at throw entry 1

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“Trite.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of trite

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


\ ˈtrīt How to pronounce trite (audio) \
triter; tritest

Kids Definition of trite

: so common that the newness and cleverness have worn off : stale trite remarks

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