- 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
1540–50; < Latin trītus worn, common, equivalent to trī- (variant stem of terere to rub, wear down) + -tus past participle suffix
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1. See commonplace.
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Examples from the Web for triteness
You don't come it over me with the triteness of these round numbers.Fantasia of the Unconscious
D. H. Lawrence
The triteness of his moral climax is occasionally startling.Critical Miscellanies, Vol. I
Triteness is present, but that is to be expected in all amateur fiction.Writings in the United Amateur, 1915-1922
Howard Phillips Lovecraft
Brouillard laughed and fell headlong into the pit of triteness.The City of Numbered Days
The triteness of words 'plus sonores que solides' is the second.mile Verhaeren
- hackneyed; dulla trite comment
- archaic frayed or worn out
C16: from Latin trītus worn down, from terere to rub
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Word Origin and History for triteness
1540s, from Latin tritus "worn, familiar," from past participle of terere "to rub, wear down" (see throw (v.)).
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