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

Examples of triviality in a Sentence

We shouldn't spend time on such trivialities. the triviality of the problem
Recent Examples on the Web Most of us [think] that there’s real work and everything else is self-indulgence or distraction or triviality. Peter Tonguette, The Christian Science Monitor, 8 Feb. 2022 David Barr Kirtley says the film’s portrait of a culture poisoned by triviality and narcissism invites multiple readings. Geek's Guide To The Galaxy, WIRED, 21 Jan. 2022 Washington is also punching that panic button after three straight losses that has the team teetering on triviality just like the Broncos are. Mark Heim |, al, 31 Oct. 2021 Sports, at best, amounted to background music, a triviality, in an America that was barely more than 100 million in population., 2 Oct. 2021 But Saunders’s critique runs deeper than the insidious triviality and loudness of major TV news, both before and after 9/11. Chris Hayes, The New Yorker, 24 Sep. 2021 Another consistency across all of these cryptocurrencies is the triviality of time. Teddy Mcdarrah, Forbes, 15 June 2021 The gag reveals how research literature, when stripped of its jargon, is just as susceptible to repetition, triviality, pandering, and pettiness as other forms of communication. Benjamin Mazer, The Atlantic, 6 May 2021 Second, deliver a killer new anecdote, preferably one that mixes proximity to power with mind-wilting triviality. Rob Crilly, Washington Examiner, 17 Sep. 2020 See More

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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 24 May. 2022.

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