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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. 2018.
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  • All omit one or other of the absolute essentials, or dwell on some triviality.

    Boy Scouts Handbook Boy Scouts of America
  • And that aspect has nothing of triviality in it, it is full of beauty and joy.

    My Reminiscences Rabindranath Tagore
  • His indolence, his triviality, his worldliness become her own.

  • What he could not pardon was triviality, and he hoped that no decent woman could pardon it either.

    The Longest Journey E. M. Forster
  • Stone brushed this triviality aside with a wave of his heavy hand.

    The Making of Bobby Burnit George Randolph Chester
  • And you will accomplish this triviality by means of Huxley's comet, I suppose?

    The Crack of Doom Robert Cromie
  • But she did not suffer so much, because she despised the triviality of these other people.

    Sons and Lovers David Herbert Lawrence
  • She thought it anomalous in him that he could be so thoroughly absorbed in a triviality.

    Sons and Lovers David Herbert Lawrence
  • The triviality or vulgarity does not depend on what we do, but on the spirit in which it is done.

    The Beauties of Nature Sir John Lubbock
British Dictionary definitions for triviality


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 triviality

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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