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[triv-ee-al-i-tee] /ˌtrɪv iˈæl ɪ ti/
noun, plural trivialities.
something trivial; a trivial matter, affair, remark, etc.:
cocktail conversation marked by trivialities.
Also, trivialness
[triv-ee-uh l-nis] /ˈtrɪv i əl nɪs/ (Show IPA)
. trivial quality or character.
Origin of triviality
First recorded in 1590-1600; trivial + -ity
Related forms
nontriviality, noun, plural nontrivialities. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The trivialities of daily existence were an armour for the soul.

    Under Western Eyes Joseph Conrad
  • The public is too concerned with trivialities and too little with Truth.

  • His lassitude was noticeable, and when he roused himself it was often for trivialities.

    The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte William Milligan Sloane
  • That little scene of trivialities had been her first true humiliation.

    Heartsease Charlotte M. Yonge
  • In a milieu removed from care and trivialities I will continue my poem.

  • He was careful to observe even the trivialities of social life.

  • Nor is this too sublime a test for the trivialities of every day.

    The Life Radiant

    Lilian Whiting
  • Her most marked characteristic was her intense decision on trivialities.

    The Limit Ada Leverson
  • These are trivialities, no doubt; but they would not be trivialities to some of Us.

    'Murphy' Major Gambier-Parry
  • "Yes," and Theydon's tone showed a certain bewilderment at these trivialities.

    Number Seventeen Louis Tracy
British Dictionary definitions for trivialities


noun (pl) -ties
the state or quality of being trivial
something, such as a remark, that is trivial
Official name trivialism (ˈtrɪvɪəˌlɪzəm)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for trivialities



1590s, "quality of being trivial," from trivial + -ity. Meaning "a trivial thing or affair" is from 1610s. Related: Trivialities.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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