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cliché

Syllabification: cli·ché
Pronunciation: /klēˈSHā
 
/
(also cliche)

Definition of cliché in English:

noun

1A phrase or opinion that is overused and betrays a lack of original thought: the old cliché “one man’s meat is another man’s poison.”
More example sentences
  • In the same way that an overused phrase inevitably becomes a cliche, a recurring joke sooner or later loses impact.
  • You have written a cliche, a worn-out metaphor.
  • And considering the lack of standard rap clichés on their demo and their seeming indifference to the mainstream, it may take awhile for the Blender to find their constituency.
Synonyms
platitude, hackneyed phrase, commonplace, banality, old saying, maxim, truism, stock phrase, trite phrase;
1.1A very predictable or unoriginal thing or person: each building is a mishmash of tired clichés
More example sentences
  • LXG does not rise above the mediocre, diving headfirst into tired clichés and boring stunt work, made more annoying by the brutal dialogue.
  • But Bloodwork is all tired clichés and half-baked serial killers and generic shots of Clint standing in rooms or on his boat.
  • Even now, when castaways and sunken ships are tired Hollywood clichés, the Life of Pi is refreshingly original.
2 Printing chiefly British A stereotype or electrotype.
Example sentences
  • Both genres, so formulaic, overdetermined by clichés and stereotypes, are eminently accessible for parody.
  • I applaud the author for avoiding the first time novelist's trap of resorting to cliches and stereotyping.
  • Yes, modern woman is here in all her many stereotypes, although who is to say that cliches may not sometimes be true.

Origin

mid 19th century: French, past participle (used as a noun) of clicher 'to stereotype'.

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