Definition of trite in English:


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Pronunciation: /trʌɪt


(Of a remark or idea) lacking originality or freshness; dull on account of overuse: this point may now seem obvious and trite
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  • 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
informal old hat, corny, played out, hacky
North American informal cornball, dime-store


mid 16th century: from Latin tritus, past participle of terere 'to rub'.



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  • 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.‘


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  • 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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