triv·​i·​al·​i·​ty | \ ˌtri-vē-ˈa-lə-tē How to pronounce triviality (audio) \
plural trivialities

Definition of triviality

1 : the quality or state of being trivial
2 : something trivial : trifle

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Examples of triviality in a Sentence

We shouldn't spend time on such trivialities. the triviality of the problem
Recent Examples on the Web Second, deliver a killer new anecdote, preferably one that mixes proximity to power with mind-wilting triviality. Rob Crilly, Washington Examiner, "There's a formula to writing a blockbuster White House insider account," 17 Sep. 2020 The anecdote — the triviality of the pencil, the pinprick of a particular line — is emblematic of her art, in which tension comes from small traumas and everyday talismans. Janique Vigier, New York Times, "An Artist Who Delights in the Minor Key," 29 May 2020 The higher-cause defense can seem glaringly at odds with the triviality of so much of the work. Los Angeles Times, "Zoom plays? Sure, fine. But this theater critic doesn’t need more stories, not now," 1 May 2020 In the film, Claude Lanzmann cannot reconcile the triviality of the paper and its deadly consequences. Elisabeth Åsbrink, Time, "The Holocaust Was an Attempt to Erase Millions of People. Today, the World Must Honor the Evidence That They Existed," 21 Apr. 2020 Republicans saw them as emblematic of Democratic partisanship and triviality. Matthew Continetti, National Review, "The Never-Ending Impeachment," 17 Jan. 2020 Warhol wasn’t the first to sense how modern life, as represented in the news media, teetered always on the verge of triviality. Sebastian Smee, Washington Post, "Warhol on fire," 4 Dec. 2019 Today’s campaigns often turn on trivialities and are painless or even profitable for their promoters. The Economist, "China’s thin-skinned online nationalists want to be both loved and feared by the West," 22 Aug. 2019 Dessert sounds like such a triviality when confronted by all the challenges of deep space, from keeping humans alive to repairing spacecraft. Mika Mckinnon, Quartz, "Astronauts will bake cookies in space to see how they cook in zero gravity," 1 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of triviality

1598, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Triviality.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of triviality

: something that is not important
: the quality or state of being trivial

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