stereotyped 1 of 2

as in cliche
used or heard so often as to be dull the wacky neighbor and other stereotyped characters seen on TV sitcoms

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past tense of stereotype
as in popularized
to use so much as to make less appealing Movies have stereotyped the domineering mother-in-law ad nauseam.

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How does the adjective stereotyped differ from other similar words?

Some common synonyms of stereotyped are hackneyed, threadbare, and trite. While all these words mean "lacking the freshness that evokes attention or interest," stereotyped implies falling invariably into the same pattern or form.

views of minorities that are stereotyped and out-of-date

In what contexts can hackneyed take the place of stereotyped?

While in some cases nearly identical to stereotyped, 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

When would threadbare be a good substitute for stereotyped?

The synonyms threadbare and stereotyped are sometimes interchangeable, but threadbare applies to what has been used until its possibilities of interest have been totally exhausted.

a mystery novel with a threadbare plot

Where would trite be a reasonable alternative to stereotyped?

Although the words trite and stereotyped have much in common, trite applies to a once effective phrase or idea spoiled from long familiarity.

"you win some, you lose some" is a trite expression

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“Stereotyped.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Oct. 2023.

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