Definition of trite in English:
(Of a remark or idea) lacking originality or freshness; dull on account of overuse: this point may now seem obvious and trite
More example sentences
- Quibbling about definitions of freedom is a trite response to a serious issue.
- Her questions were trite and her lack of contact with literature all too apparent.
- This is more than the trite truism that there is a thin line between love and hate.
hackneyed, banal, clichéd, platitudinous, vapid, commonplace, ordinary, common, stock, conventional, stereotyped, predictable;
stale, overused, overworked, overdone, worn out, time-worn, tired, threadbare, hoary, hack, unimaginative, unoriginal, derivative, uninspired, dull, pedestrian, run-of-the-mill, routine, humdrum
mid 16th century: from Latin tritus, past participle of terere 'to rub'.
- Example sentences
- It can rightly, if tritely, be called a hinge-event in human history.
- That sounds tritely obvious, but in this case ‘differently ‘was so radically different that it is hard to even put into words.’
- All you get's a sad love story about a pocket killer and an adoring waitress who tritely sings ‘I don't care what he's done.‘
- Example sentences
- Despite a script that occasionally reverted to triteness - ‘Retirement is not always a bed of roses; for some it's a bed of nails’ - it was a revealing programme that was poignant at times.
- But the singers' interaction with one another introduced just enough playfulness to the proceedings to dispel the threat of triteness.
- Filled with platitudes and triteness, the speech utterly failed to inject renewed hope at one of the most important stages of the year.
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