trite

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

Definition of trite

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

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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 views of minorities that are stereotyped and out-of-date threadbare applies to what has been used until its possibilities of interest have been totally exhausted.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 This may sound trite, but all of the members of my household HATE to vacuum with the heat of a thousand suns. Amy Dickinson, Star Tribune, "Ask Amy: Inheritance leads to tension and guilt," 30 Oct. 2020 And things aren’t so out of kilter other than our actual play, which, by the way, is almost trite to say almost. Dallas News, "Jerry Jones says Ben DiNucci’s first Cowboys start was ‘more than he could handle’," 4 Nov. 2020 This may sound trite, but all of the members of my household HATE to vacuum with the heat of a thousand suns. Amy Dickinson, Star Tribune, "Ask Amy: Inheritance leads to tension and guilt," 30 Oct. 2020 Just writing about the greatness of Shakespeare seems a trite thing to do, because it’s seemingly been done to death. William Thornton | Wthornton@al.com, al, "Spending the pandemic with Shakespeare," 31 Oct. 2020 This may sound trite, but all of the members of my household HATE to vacuum with the heat of a thousand suns. Amy Dickinson, Star Tribune, "Ask Amy: Inheritance leads to tension and guilt," 30 Oct. 2020 This may sound trite, but all of the members of my household HATE to vacuum with the heat of a thousand suns. Amy Dickinson, Washington Post, "Ask Amy: Friend who is reeling needs soft place to land," 29 Oct. 2020 This may sound trite, but all of the members of my household HATE to vacuum with the heat of a thousand suns. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, "Friend who is reeling needs soft place to land," 29 Oct. 2020 This may sound trite, but all of the members of my household HATE to vacuum with the heat of a thousand suns. Amy Dickinson, oregonlive, "Ask Amy: Friend can be a ’constant in a sea of overwhelming variables’ during possible divorce," 29 Oct. 2020

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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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The first known use of trite was in 1548

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26 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Trite.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/trite. Accessed 30 Nov. 2020.

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More Definitions for trite

trite

adjective
How to pronounce trite (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of trite

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

trite

adjective
\ 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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