- lacking in freshness or effectiveness because of constant use or excessive repetition; hackneyed; stale: the trite phrases in his letter.
- characterized by hackneyed expressions, ideas, etc.: The commencement address was trite and endlessly long.
- Archaic. rubbed or worn by use.
Origin of trite
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Examples from the Web for trite
The things Lindsay shows Lohan doing should be trite and calming.Lindsay Lohan’s Reality Show Is the Most Stressful Thing on TV
March 10, 2014
The Daily Pic: A watercolor shows how the great painter mixed the radical and the trite.Cezanne's Cliches
August 16, 2013
Did something so trite really belong on the letters page of the world's most important newspaper?Think American Airlines Is Rotten? You Have No Idea How Good You Have It
October 11, 2012
The show may be trite, but Disney wisely had theater favorite Harvey Fierstein write the book.The Tony Awards Are About a Lot More Than Theatrical Excellence
June 6, 2012
They also have to be two words, and neither of them can be "exotic" or "trite," or commercial trademarks, or the word "operation."Why Is the Libya War Called Operation Odyssey Dawn?
March 22, 2011
Instinct is a sure guide, it always tends to what is useful and trite.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
For a while they talked of trite and inconsequential things.The Harbor of Doubt
It would be trite to dwell on the particulars of her after story.The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent.
It is a trite remark that diamonds can be polished only by diamond dust.The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte
William Milligan Sloane
This last jest is so trite to-day as to be absolutely threadbare.
- hackneyed; dulla trite comment
- archaic frayed or worn out
Word Origin and History for trite
1540s, from Latin tritus "worn, familiar," from past participle of terere "to rub, wear down" (see throw (v.)).