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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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Examples from the Web for trivialities
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  • Not that he could not, for with his men friends he often chatted on all sorts of trivialities.

    Mashi and Other Stories Rabindranath Tagore
  • The trivialities of daily existence were an armour for the soul.

    Under Western Eyes Joseph Conrad
  • But here I have related, at length, a string of trivialities.

    The Autocrat of the Breakfast-Table Oliver Wendell Holmes
  • Her most marked characteristic was her intense decision on trivialities.

    The Limit Ada Leverson
  • Nine in ten are ready to laugh at trivialities that ordinarily would go unnoticed.

    The Glory of The Coming Irvin S. Cobb
  • "Yes," and Theydon's tone showed a certain bewilderment at these trivialities.

    Number Seventeen Louis Tracy
  • It was the end of May when the farmer determined to be no longer repulsed by trivialities or distracted by suspense.

  • In that long-drawn-out monotony we made the most of trivialities.

    From sketch-book and diary Elizabeth Butler
  • And it seems so full of trivialities, as compared with the deep interest of yours.

    The Following of the Star Florence L. Barclay
  • It was the first mighty impression he had had after a month of prattle and trivialities.

    On the Seaboard August Strindberg
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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